Christmas can be anything but peaceful. We rush to and fro, trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone, trying to plan the perfect menu, buying ingredients, making meals and goodies, going to Christmas parties. On and on it goes. For many it can be depressing because no matter how well you plan, something always seems to go wrong or not live up to what was hoped for.
When the angels appeared to the shepherds, they sang, "Glory to God... and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." This was how they heralded the arrival of Christ, with a salutation of praise to God and a declaration of peace to those who would accept his gift. The word 'peace' is often used as a greeting today, especially among the Jews ('shalom' means 'peace').
If you are not feeling especially peaceful as you approach the celebration of Christmas (or at any time of year), consider what changes you can make to your schedule or plans. Can you scale back, create more realistic expectations? What are some of your best Christmas memories? Were those the times when you went all out, or when something major happened, or were they when little things meant much? Were you happiest when you were busy or when you were at rest? Talk with your family about making the season more peaceful by doing less, committing to fewer events, etc. Strive for peace with God, with fellow believers, and with anyone in your sphere of influence.
Have a peaceful Christmas.