From The Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

     I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas!!  Please remember the reason for the season and focus on the gift given to all of us, the birth of our Savior.  Concentrate on bringing the good news to someone this Christmas.  To keep the time with family and friends joyous, I have a few ideas to consider.

     First, communicate with people.  Look them in the eye and talk to them.  Don’t text, e-mail or tweet (whatever that is, I’m still living in the dark ages) about important or heartfelt issues.  As a society we are losing our ability to really communicate or LISTEN to each other.  We send little texts like “R U OK?”  This is supposed to instill how much you care?  There are people that I cannot carry on a conversation with because their phone is constantly buzzing, dinging or playing some loud tropical tune and they are looking at it constantly.  I feel very unimportant.  They will answer the phone while I’m trying to talk to them!  Don’t do this to family and friends.  Turn the phone off or put it on silent when visiting others.  Give them your full attention and listen to them.  Don’t misunderstand, I think cell phones are great if used properly.  They can be a great tool to get help or contact someone, but they can be very intrusive and disruptive.  Some folks keep sending texts all day long to people who are trying to work.  You can hear a constant Bing Bing Bing.  Who is getting any work done?   This Christmas, give family and friends the gift of your undivided attention.  Let them know they are more important to you than the phone.

     Second, leave the negativity behind.  Yes, the world seems to be a mess right now.  Yes, ALL the politicians in this country (both sides) are on Santa’s naughty list and will be getting a large chunk of coal in their stocking this year (with the last name of Nicholas I know these things!)  For the Christmas season at least, leave politics at the door.  Reach out to someone in need.  Try to mend relationships, do something positive!  If you are having troubles, focus on God’s love for you and pass that on to someone else with troubles.  Resolve to be positive and put others first, it will make you feel good to know you helped someone else in need.

     Finally, stay active and don’t overeat.  People make luscious gooey concoctions for Christmas that you won’t get again for another year.  Eat a LITTLE bit and quit!  Too much of a good thing is no longer good.  If you are eating more than usual, exercise more.

   Merry Christmas and God Bless You All!