Take Time For Silent Nights

If there was anything I need to learn more during this season, it is to take time for silent nights.  I have to be honest that as I look at the calendar and as I filled in the blanks spots in my simple holiday planner,  I had to remind myself to leave some white space and actually write in “Silent Night”.  My prayer is that you will be able to find some time to take care of yourself with some soul-breathing space in your calendar.

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Although the Christmas season is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the stress that comes with the season. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in everything you have to do, such as entertaining family members, buying gifts and attending multiple Christmas gatherings. Before you know it, you can feel so stressed that you simply want the season to be over so you can have some time to relax.

While Christmas always seems to come with so much to do, it’s important to take some time out for yourself during the season. Don’t turn December into a month you dread. Just taking a little time out for yourself from time to time can help you get your perspective back, helping you to relax and enjoy the joy of the season. Sure, you have a to-do list that multiple pages long, but if you can take time for “Silent Nights” it will allow you to really remember the meaning of Christmas.

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Take Time for Daily Bible Readings

It can be so tough to find time to read your Bible and spend some time in prayer during the holidays. However, if you’re skipping out on daily Bible readings because you’re busy, you’re really missing out on a special time. Taking a few minutes to read your Bible and spend time praying will help you make sure your heart is in the right place as Christmas approaches. Your entire outlook will change. You’ll remember the reason for the season instead of focusing on all the things you have to do this year.

Enjoy a Night of Music

Music offers a wonderful way to sooth your soul while keeping you in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy an evening of beautiful Christmas music. Find a great radio station that is playing all Christmas music or make a nice Christmas playlist to enjoy for the evening. Include songs like “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” and other beautiful classics. You may even want enjoy a long, hot bubble bath while you enjoy the lovely Christmas music. The combination will have you relaxed in no time.

Head Out for a Quiet Walk

Exercise provides a wonderful way to clear your mind, especially if you head into the crisp winter air. When you feel overwhelmed with stress, bundle up and head out for a quiet walk. Ban all thoughts of Christmas preparations and to-do lists from your mind. Instead, focus your mind on the wondrous beauty and joy of the season. You’ll come back refreshed and rejuvenated.

Take an Hour Out to Enjoy a Hobby

Engaging in a hobby is a great way to relieve stress. However, since you’re usually so busy, it’s easy to forget about your hobbies during the Christmas season. Take an hour out here and there to simply enjoy a hobby. It’s wonderfully relaxing to just do something you love for a bit. If you love scrapbooking, take an hour to work on some pages. If you enjoy photography, head out through the neighborhood in the evening to photograph all the lovely light displays. Just take some time to do something you really love.

Spend a Night Reading

Reading is so relaxing and calming. Pick up a book about Christmas, whether it’s a children’s story, an old classic or a book that tells the old story of the first Christmas in a new way. Grab an old copy of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and enjoy the old tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Another idea is to enjoy a special faith-filled book, and of course the Bible, possibly reading the special Christmas story once again. I am going to be reading Ann Voskamp’s Christmas book The Greatest Gift and Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs, maybe you would like one of those?

Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Nap

Naps are so underrated. A short nap can reduce stress levels and help you recover your energy. You probably don’t think you have time to take a nap, but just taking time out to rest for a short bit will make you even more productive. Plan a 30-minute nap when you’re tired and stressed. Even if you don’t sleep, that time of quiet and rest will make a huge difference to your body. If you can’t make your mind wind down to rest, try praying. Prayer helps focus your mind and laying your burdens down as you pray will do your heart and soul a world of good.

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

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  1. says

    This is sheer beauty and peace. Thank you Denise, for reminding so many – that truly – we can have peaceful days with our Lord as we celebrate His birth.

  2. says

    Yes, such good reminders to give ourselves space, and times to be refreshed. Even (and maybe especially) during a busy holiday season. Thanks for these reminders, and thanks for this Holiday Bliss series you are doing – I’ve been following along with each post!

  3. Amy says

    Man, I love your blog! :) No other blog has such great advice as yours does, Denise! I LOVE this one! I AM writing in ‘Silent Night’ (s) on my planner for December! What a lovely idea that is. Thankyou for being such a HUGE blessing to me.

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