De-Stress Christmas With Hard & Holy Devotional

De-Stress Christmas With Hard & Holy Devotional

November 25, 2014 by

The hard and holy holidays, that’s about right. For all the holiday spirit between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can be a stressful season. Blue Christmas isn’t just a song. Sometimes we need to cry out, “Comfort, oh comfort my people, says your God.”

Whether this season is always difficult or this Christmas just has you down, whether it’s recent news—like the headlines in Ferguson (see our post on how to respond to pain in the world)—or just life in general, whether it’s the gray skies or the darkening days, holidays aren’t always happy.

That can be especially difficult for church communicators trying to pull together a positive, uplifting experience for their church.

We feel the stress of church communicators, like a tangible weight, and want to help ease the burden this holiday season.

This free Advent devotional from Anne Marie Miller might help:

Surviving Christmas: Advent Devotions for the Hard and Holy Holidays

It’s free through NoiseTrade, so grab a copy and start on Monday. Consider it a defense against the inevitable Christmas crush. It includes short, quick read chapters and some insightful ideas:

What if you wrote down one thing you’re thankful for every day?

Advent Starts Sunday

Speaking of Advent, it starts on Sunday. Check out these Advent lists for resources and themes. For the non-liturgically minded, you might want to check it out as a ready-made theme for Christmas promo.

More De-Stressing

Finally, we’re serious about avoiding the holiday stress. We’ve got some help:

And how about 20 things we should say more often from Kid President:

God Rest Ye Stressed Communicators: Planning Christmas for Your ChurchMore Christmas Ideas:

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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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