Holiday Survival Tips

The smell of turkey in the oven, along with the sight and sound of family gathered around, remind many of the holidays. But so do arguments, stress, and unfulfilled expectations. Here are a few holiday survival tips to consider this year: 
•Give ourselves permission to say, “No” so that we have the freedom to say, “Yes”
•Create realistic expectations for ourselves and others
•Pray about  “weird” family relationships. Yes, we all have them.
•If you are alone for the holidays, relax and thank God for the peace, that so many of us crave and are in desperate need of. 
•Focus on things we can control such as our attitude and actions
•Center ourselves on giving to the relationships where we are understood
•Release the idea of trying to “fix” others.
•And last but not least…eat that turkey or whatever your food of your choice, without any shame or guilt! 
The Lord be with you, and have a blessed Thanksgiving! 🦃

The Rev. Dr. Nicole Foster the T.V. Host and founding minister of The Hippie Theologian. She holds a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, a Master of Divinity from Redeemer Theological Seminary and a B.A. in History from Southern Methodist University. She’s an ordained Anglican minister and teaches Old Testament for various organizations. She loves to hike, camp, make organic soap, and be a beach bum as often as possible.

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