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Christmas is an Emergency


At least it feels like it sometimes, when the presents aren’t wrapped and the cookies aren’t made and you drive around the Kroger parking lot for 15 minutes before making your own illegal parking space and the mall parking lot is even worse.  About the same time, the teenagers are acting like, well, teenagers.  A kind friend sent me the following and I had to share it.  Right away.  In case Christmas is an emergency at your house too.


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Thank you, Alicia Steinhilber, for this very good gift.



  1. As I pitched a fit at the fact chicken was left in the trunk last night and not brought into the house, and then pitched a fit at a text going through, I think it’s time to sit down and do this meditation. Thank you, Jen! Hope you have a moment to put your feet up and hug on those you love.

  2. I should say, a text NOT going through. First world problems, indeed. So many blessings to count. If I spread gratitude, it might just come back to me…

  3. Love it. It is so true. I was waiting for some magic “and then do this” part of that exercise, but that’s all there was to it, and then I realized, that’s the main part. Understanding others. Even our kids. And giving them the benefit of the doubt.

    It’s just so hard when you are running around like crazy, have already checked 10 Christmas-related to-dos off your 76 item list and drag yourself over the threshold with 10 grocery bags in your arms about 2 pm, only to find that your child has JUST gotten up and is now taking a 45 minute shower…

    • Each home has its own flavor of aggravation (at least for the mom who is moving at 100 mph). I am going to keep returning to this thought exercise I hope. Good luck getting through your list, Sine! I have started feeling like I might give up on mine. xo

  4. Thank you for passing along the gift. I can’t think of anything our world needs more this holiday season.

  5. Thanks, Jennifer, we needed this at our house today!

  6. Thank you for this quiet gift of grace in the midst of the Christmas chaos. A favorite Christmas hymn says, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” How nice to be reminded that we hold the power to make it so. Blessings to you and yours, JP!

  7. Thanks for this reminder. Peace and Hope for all of us.

  8. This exercise is so wonderful…just what I need today. I have a close friend that just brought her Mom home from hospital yesterday with hospice…her Mom only has 3 to 4 months left. As I complain about trivial things with my home and my work, I need to realize that so many around me have a much tougher road to travel at this joyous time of year. Thanks for putting it in perspective; I always luv your blog…it is so interesting and just a pleasure every time I read it.

  9. I Iove the reminder and would add one more thing. To try to make life a little brighter for those whose paths cross ours. A smile. A question about their day. Letting someone go first. Or a car enter the long long line we’re all in. A thank you.
    Merry Christmas!

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