“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
Hermann Hesse

The holiday season can be stressful for relationships. Tensions in a relationship can easily get magnified this time of year and can distract us from experiencing the wonder of the season. It can also be easy for us to become distracted by hurt and anger within our relationships.

Sadly, we are aware that fuses are short and things like domestic violence and addiction rise over the Christmas holidays. How many of us have Christmas memories that include fighting with family members, worrying about our finances, being hurt or angry at friends or family?

During this hectic season, it can also be easy to take our relationships for granted and forget how often we experience God’s presence through the love of friends and family.  How many of us in all our Christmas planning don’t even pause to express our gratitude and love to the people who mean the most to us.

Are you already getting stressed about Christmas? How can you let go of some of your expectations and worries? Is there anything right now that is distracting you from being more connected with family and friends?

If so, what can you do to put away that distraction? Are there tensions in your relationships or memories that need healing? How might you practice wonder by being more awake to the love of family and friends?