Monday, September 13, 2010

How Do You Handle the Holidays?

The holidays can be stressful for anybody, but for women in ministry, they can be downright excruciating. Beyond the normal rush of trying to get everything done, there's also the added pressure of a multitude of church events, invitations, and the constant challenge of not hurting anyone's feelings. What's a God-loving gal to do?

That's what we want to know from you. How do you handle the holidays? Do you let your kids go trick-or-treating? What do you do when you have dinner or party invitations from multiple members of the congregation? How about gift-giving? Are you able to truly give thanks at Thanksgiving? How do you balance secular traditions with those that are faith-based? What do you do to keep your sights focused on Jesus rather than the minutia of all the special Christmas events?

Ladies, those of you who have the benefit of years of experience can certainly be a huge blessing to the new ministry wives in our group! Please send your suggestions and tips directly to Jennifer AlLee. You can either email them (jallee725 [at] hotmail [dot] com) or use the Share Your Story form (which is working now... YEA!) As we get closer to the holidays, we'll share your advice.


  1. We handle the holidays by living our own schedule. My husband is always busy with a school musical and a church choir musical, and we don't put up our tree until about December 23rd. For a couple years I felt that we were missing out on the season or not keeping up, but I realized we just have different traditions. Our tree stays up til the end of January...or longer...and that's fine with us. We savor the Christmas season, we just don't jump into it the day after Thanksgiving.

  2. We don't have a big budget for gifts, but we splurge on food in December. We celebrate our heritage, eating German food the first week of the month, then Swedish food, then Irish and English.

  3. Ruth, I love that you turned your schedule into a tradition. What a great thing to do! And enjoying culturally significant food is another cool thing for your family. It's the kind of thing your kids will tell their kids about.