De-Stressing Christmas Time

“Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy. Glory to God in the Highest And on Earth, Peace to All People of Good Will.” Luke 2:10,14 nativitychina

 Where to begin. We are each of us connected, one to the other through spirit. Tragedy that is occurring anywhere is affecting everyone, everywhere, in the world.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
                                                                                       Psalm 23:4
And so, from this point, here in the tiny space that I occupy in the universe, it is through my belief in the Holy Spirit and the seed of his worth that is placed in our hearts, made courageous, that I rejoice and fear not.  In this holy season, for all seasons, through faith,  we celebrate the birth of our Lord, heaven’s answer for our salvation.
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can!
                         John Wesley
There’s no denying the end of the year is a busy time. Years ago Jim and I found an easy way to de-stress the holidays . We began to celebrate “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Put simply, the first day of Christmas is December 25th, the twelfth day being January 5th, followed by Epiphany on January 6th. By changing our mindset about having all preparations completed for and expectations met during one twenty four hour period, on Christmas Day, we were liberated to truly enjoy the entire holiday season that begins in spirit on Thanksgiving.
This new perspective did not require gift giving on twelve days. In fact, over time, we came to do less and less “store shopping” and began to observe and celebrate the true miracles of Christmas that come from the hearts and minds of each of us.
So, whether you adopt the tradition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as your own, or not, make  it a priority to find quiet time for yourself.  In a world with much strife yet many miracles, remember to thank God for your blessings. You may even experience a greater appreciation for the sacraments of Christmas and its sacred music.
With gratitude and much love, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Until next month, remember to count your blessings and share the sweetness in your heart.
Becky and Jim Gabriel

Since 1980, Jim and Becky Gabriel have helped multiple numbers
of patients in Georgia and Sarasota and graduated a thousand
massage therapists from ASHA, the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts,
their Atlanta massage school.Their mission is to provide innovative, effective health care services,
educational materials and classes as well as holistic health and wellness
products for the entire community. They may be contacted via:
The Gabriel Center for Massage Therapy

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