How Do You Find Peace During Christmas?

It’s the season of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, right? The reality, however, is that many enter into the Christmas season with a lot of stress and unrest. How do you find peace during the holiday season? Our family’s answer may surprise you!

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It’s not an easy thing to do. In fact, the Holiday season is one of the most unrestful times of the year for our family, it seems. Every year, in-spite of our planning, early shopping, and focus, we find ourselves rushing around like crazy people up until the last minute. Peace alludes us.

While it would be great to have peace drop in our lap as if we rubbed a magic genie lamp, or caught sight of a shooting star darting across a night sky, it just doesn’t happen like that. This is real life. The only way peace enters our home is through our own choice to be at peace. Sure, we allow our children to play and rough-house, and with a large family it gets pretty loud on most days, but we also actively choose activities that bring the volume level down and quiet the spirit.

One of the biggest ways we do this is through music. We are big music fans. We have a playlist in our iTunes library for just about any genre and style known to the musical world. During Christmas, however, we take the music thing up a notch and create several quiet, peaceful lists that bring all of us into a more peaceful state.

Recently I came across A Cellofourte Christmas by cellist Tate Olsen. Cellofourte was founded in 2004 by Olsen, a Carnegie Mellon University cellist, with the goal of blending high level classical music training with a modern sound. Olsen also travels with Dove-award winning Christian band Skillet, which was the highest streamed Christian group, worldwide, in 2014, headlining the popular tour WinterJam. A Cellofourte Christmas is 3 Christmas songs arranged for 4 cellos, with the right flavor to bring the peace of this season to life. The arrangements offer a unique spin on classic hymns of the season.

IMG_8747We’ve added these peaceful tunes to our Christmas playlist in anticipation of the big day tomorrow. With 6 children, all under the age of 13, in our house, Christmas morning is sure to be “lively,” to say the least. To the best of our ability we are going to try and keep it as calm as possible. Music is our go-to! If we succeed, we’ll have Tate, and a few other artists, to thank profusely!

Peace is not an easy thing to come by, especially in the midst of a season that prides itself on busyness, noise, and commercialism. If you and I want to find peace, we have to choose it in the midst of a loud world. Our default is music. What’s yours?

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