Tips for enjoying the holidays and
 keeping your stress levels under control.

Merry Christmas!
The Dichotomies of Life at Christmas
This is a time of the year that we focus on peace, giving and celebrations in the midst of a life that is complicated, selfish and, at times, very sad. The intended historical emphasis for this time of the year focuses on God's gift of light, love and a Savior who comes into an imperfect world that is filled with darkness, hatred and loneliness. Life is never all good or all bad. Christmas and the hope of a New Year reminds us of this reality. This very realization is often sought after...and discovered by clients and others who come to LCS. We are grateful for the opportunities we have to walk with people seeking understanding, renewal and God's grace. We are grateful for those who make it possible for us to serve God's people in these times. May the blessings and hope of God's grace fill you this month and into the New Year. 
Rev. Dr. Rick Armstrong   

Tips for enjoying the season:
  • Read the Christmas story - Matthew 1-2.
  • Make memories by taking a family holiday photo, baking cookies or attending a community event together.
  • Cherish time with family and friends over a nice meal.
  • Surprise someone with a gift or a kind deed.
  • Share favorite childhood Christmas experiences with your children.
  • Pop popcorn and watch classic holiday movies like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol, The Preacher's Wife, It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Connect with friends on social media - or send a card via snail mail.
  • Drive around Orlando and be AWED by all the holiday lights and decorations.

                                             Mary Jo Hoard, MSW, LCSW  


LCS Staff
If you feel overwhelmed during the holidays:

1) Breathe deeply. ( See video)
2) Clear your mind and let thoughts float away.
3) Spend time playing.
4) Reflect on the past - celebrate the present.
5) Practice gratitude.

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