The 12 Practices, Christmas Edition
“The Twelve Practices” invites each one of us to apply ourselves to practicing spiritual disciplines that ultimately will shape the remarkable life God has for us. In this Christmas Edition, we specifically consider transforming the holidays into a true celebration of faith, family, and friendships.
Chapter 1: The Practice of Childlike Faith
Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we lose our sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity. We forget to play. We pick up the heavy bricks of financial responsibility, work-life balance, marriage and parenting, and so much more.
Chapter 2: The Practice of Artistry
There is no better season to practice artistry than Christmas. More important than any external decoration is the effect our internal adornment has on our environment. Amid all the sparkle and twinkle and illumination, you are the most important “decoration” of all. Your heart. Your presence. Your loving care. Your family needs your love and light.
Chapter 3: The Practice of Discretion
This chapter and the next go together. Being kinder than you feel is a real test, isn’t it? This week we practice kindness + discretion. They go hand-in-hand. Sometimes practicing kindness looks like holding your tongue—even if you are right. Easy? No. Doable? Yes.
Chapter 4: The Practice of Kindness
This chapter and the previous go together. Being kinder than you feel is a real test, isn’t it? This week we practice kindness + discretion. They go hand-in-hand. Sometimes practicing kindness looks like holding your tongue—even if you are right. Easy? No. Doable? Yes.
Chapter 5: The Practice of Contentment
Often, the holidays are a time for “the wants” and “have-to-haves.” Imagine a holiday season where the entire family focuses on the needs of others. It can happen. It all starts with one family conversation, a few little adjustments, and the spirit of cooperation. When practiced, the greatest gift of all is received: deep satisfaction and contentment.
Chapter 6: The Practice of Silence & Presence
This practice seems highly impossible and improbable, doesn’t it? Yet, with strategic intention, Christmas can be a “silent night, holy night.” Simple little adjustments, here and there, make all the difference. Turn down the volume on the noisy interruptions and find a little piece of quiet for you and yours.
Chapter 7: The Practice of Joy
This chapter and the next go together. Did you know that children laugh an average of 400 times a day; where adults laugh 15 times a day? It’s time to do something about this lop-sided statistic. This practice helps transform a hurried holiday season into a happier one.
Chapter 8: The Practice of Celebration
This chapter and the previous go together. Did you know that children laugh an average of 400 times a day; where adults laugh 15 times a day? It’s time to do something about this lop-sided statistic. This practice helps transform a hurried holiday season into a happier one.
Chapter 9: The Practice of Listening & Gratitude
The holiday season brings many, many conversations. How is it possible to really tune in and listen? Simple thoughts and challenges are given in this practice to help you actually enjoy the chit-chat and engage in meaningful conversations with others.
Chapter 10: The Practice of Hospitality
Hospitality doesn’t have to be high-powered. It can be as simple as a cup of hot cocoa and a few cookies. The most important part? A happy and healthy and harmonious, you! Take this practice to heart and actually enjoy all the Christmas hoopla and parties. It is possible.
Chapter 11: The Practice of Love
Loving others, especially during the holidays, can be really hard. This has to start in our own hearts, first, and then we can love others well. Learn a few, simple practices for taking care of your own heart.
Chapter 12: The Grand Finale
We’ll wrap up our discussions and celebrate what you’ve accomplished throughout this course.