Pam Taylor - Christian Life Coach

Cranksgiving Holidays

Whether you celebrate holidays alone or with family, what has been your experience? Have you wished things could be different? Better?

As you think TOWARD the upcoming holiday, what are you feeling? What pressure are you experiencing? What do you fear? What do you hope for? What is your heart telling you?

I know I used to dread holidays because I was often disappointed. I had expectations about how I wanted things to go and how I wanted people to act toward each other. But lately, things have changed drastically for the better. I’ve had an attitude shift!

Do any of these words describe the mood of you or others during holidays?
** Cranky
** Inconvenienced
** Cramped
** Ungrateful
** Grumpy
** Tired
** Overworked
** Overwhelmed
** Anxious
** Disappointed
** Discouraged

What if you decided to do what I have begun to do? To CHOOSE JOY???
What if you prayerfully turn to your Father God and ask Him to help you choose a new way of handling holidays?

What if little by little, you begin to turn your cranksgiving attitude into times of gratitude for the small things…choosing an attitude of thanksgiving…choosing gratitude for what is good and right and lovely in your world, rather than focusing on what is overwhelming you or hurting you.

If you have found this attitude shift to be true in your own life, would you take time to post here? It could help someone else have a much better experience going through their next holiday. Who knows whose heart you might encourage because you took the time to share. Bless you bunches!


  1. Yes! I want to choose “gratitude for what is good and right and lovely” in my world, not just during the holidays, but ALL days and ALL ways!

    Comment by Kimberly | New Spark Coaching

  2. What a great goal, Kimberly! EVERY day … not just holidays … choosing gratitude! Thanks for stopping by. It was good to connect with you! 🙂

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  3. Hi Pam,

    I agree that it’s all too easy to get caught up in the busyness and let that effect our attitude. Thanks for the reminder to stay focused on how blessed we are. There are always lots of things about which to give thanks!

    Comment by Kim Avery

  4. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Kim Avery. Yup! You are so right…busyness is not our friend when it comes to wanting to focus on blessings.

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  5. Thanks for the reminder, Pam!

    Comment by Martha Greene

  6. Reminders are good. I need them. It’s so easy to forget to see the good when we are busy!

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  7. Thanks for a great reminder to choose JOY!

    Comment by Dasha Gariepy

  8. Hi Dasha Gariepy. So glad you stopped by. Isn’t it amazing that we truly can CHOOSE joy! Amen. So be it! 🙂

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  9. Pam, thanks for the reminder to ask God to help me through the holidays. It tends to get a little stressful interacting with different personalities in my family. 🙂

    Comment by Teri A Bailey

  10. Isn’t that the truth, Teri A. Bailey…keeping our holiday focus positive and joy-filled is our greatest challenge while there are interesting family/friend dynamics. Habit patterns can trip us up. Let’s all pray for each other that we keep our focus heavenward rather than earth-bound.

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I need to remember to choose joy every day. Often it’s the little annoyances that steal it!

    Comment by Tanya

  12. Tanya, isn’t that the truth! The little things keep us from the BIG things…for what is truly important. Choosing joy can be FUN! Let me know how the adventure goes!

    Comment by Pam Taylor

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