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A Word About Holiday Traditions…Take it SLOW!

So often in our holiday preparations are we moving so fast we can’t even blink. We rush from one holiday event to another. We buy stuff. We exhaust ourselves. Well, I am going to share something that has been a McLaughlin family tradition for many years now and I will likely keep it up for many years to come.

As many married couples know, we get challenges for our families attention. We get requests to go see our in-laws and requests from our own parents. We have handled this by alternating holidays when possible. One year we have Thanksgiving in Knoxville with my folks, and one year I spend it in Columbus. Usually, when I make that trip south, we also do presents even if it’s just Thanksgiving. This kills two holidays with one trip. Granted, Mom usually doesn’t have the tree up or cookies made, but that’s not why I go. Anyway, the last two years it’s been Christmas in Knoxville. Next year, we should be doing the Thanksgiving trip. It’s a 6 hour drive. Well, since we usually leave in the evening and it is the time of year where the days are shorter, it’s usually dark when we get there. Well, we decided many years back that we would stop halfway on the way down. Get a room in a hotel and relax. This is a blessing. My brother and to a lesser extent my parents will kind of chide me for it, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. We all take time to relax together as a family. We eat at a restaurant, go swimming and watch some holiday shows on the TV. It’s a time I will always remember. It’s a time where it’s JUST me, the wife and my son. A time I would never give up for work or extended family commitments.

My advice to those who read this is to start a nice, slow relaxing holiday tradition. When you take your next family trip, try stopping overnight even if it’s normally a drive you would do in one day. Not only does it give you and your family the opportunity to take a breather from the breakneck pace of modern society, but it gives you the opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. The people who we’ve met at this Ramada Inn in Lexington have been awesome. They always treat you like their guest. That’s so rare even in the hotel industry. When we walk into the in hotel restaurant, Sigee’s, they welcomed us and looked like they were really glad we were there. There was noone in the restaurant except us which was a bit weird, but they served us like we were their family. The Chef actually brought the food out to the table and chatted for a bit and it was a awesome time.

I am rambling, but my point is you never know what the Lord will bless you with. He may bless you with a great family time, or he may place you in a position where you may need to pray for the people you meet. He may give you the opportunity to make new friends. This blessing from the Lord may be passed by if you just go at a breakneck pace from one thing to another. Take a breather. Your allowed to. Don’t give in to the unreasonable expectations of others. Do what the Lord commands. For you may never know what blessings are at that hotel you pass on checking into or that dinner stop you decide to pass on.

Take it easy this Christmas. May the Lord bless you and yours with a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 24, 2007 at 7:34 am 2 comments


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