How to Lessen the Christmas Stress

We’re less than a week out from Christmas! How’s your to-do list looking? Do you have gifts still to buy? To wrap? Any party planning to do? Cleaning the house? Preparing for visiting relatives? How about cookie baking?

It always seems that the closer we get to the big day, the more the stress rises. We might admit verbally that Jesus is the reason for the season, but instead of being like Mary and focusing on Him, we are like Martha and worry about the preparations and details and task lists and on and on and on and on.

It’s exhausting.

And it’s not how this time of the year should be, either. This is a celebration of God’s redemptive story, of the greatest gift the world has seen. We are celebrating the arrival of the Prince of Peace. How can we truly do that without feeling his peace?

There are several things you can do this week to lessen the effects of stress as Christmas draws near. You can find the entire list we shared on the show HERE. First, and above all else, be sure to not just acknowledge Jesus with your words this season, but truly spend time with Him every day. Invite the Prince of Peace into your life and let Him work His wonders.

Merry Christmas!

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Today we shared some ways to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas. We should always remember the reason we celebrate to begin with. Thanks to iMOM and FamilyLife for their wonderful articles.

Here are some ways that we loved!

  • Having a child friendly nativity scene
  • Share how God has made an impact in your life
  • Read the real Christmas story
  • Give only three gifts

Click HERE to read more from imom and HERE for more from familylife!

Food this Christmas

Today we talked about food for the holidays. First we talked about “Traditional Christmas Food From Around the World”. It is so interesting to see the different traditions that others have. Some of these things may look like something you would try and others not so much.

  • Bacalao, the Traditional Mexican Christmas Food
  • The Traditional Christmas Food in Germany: Christmas Goose
  • A Traditionally American Christmas Dessert: Fruitcake
  • The Surprising Japanese Christmas Tradition: Fried Chicken

To read more and to see pictures of these meals click HERE.

We also talked about some pantry-friendly dinners for the family around the holidays. Thank you to All Recipes for this article! Here are some of our favorites…

  • Simple Beef Stroganoff
  • Skillet Lasagna
  • Pita Pizza
  • Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole

to see all 30 recipes click HERE.

The WNZR Staff shares their favorite Christmas Songs

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Marcy RinehartLabor Of Love by Jill Phillips with Andrew Peterson

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Joe Rinehart – How Many Kings by Downhere

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Wesley Boston Silent Night by Sanctus Real

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Catherine Haws Hey Moon by Sidewalk Prophets

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Alyssa Sidle Baby Boy by for King & Country

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Kelsi Brake Welcome to Our World by Chris Rice

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Mackenzie Holder – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Francesca Battistelli

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Dylan Elliott – Christmas Eve Sarajevo by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Jonathon Langdon – Christmas Eve Sarajevo by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Zoe Bricker What A Glorious Night by Sidewalk Prophets

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Ricky Geyer – You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch by Newsong

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Grant Hauger Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Allison Prouty White Christmas by Bing Crosby

Staff Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 Daniel Skrzypchak – Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys

Traditions to do with the Family!

This morning we talked about some traditions that can be adopted into your family this year! Christmas is a time to bring your family together and it’s just around the corner! Thank you to Six Sisters’ Stuff for this wonderful article.

Here are some traditions you can start this year!

  • Have a cookie exchange party
  • Go Christmas caroling
  • The Giving tree
  • Check out local light displays

To see more click HERE for “25 Family Christmas Traditions”.

Easy, delicious, stress-free Christmas meal ideas!

(picture from tastemade.com)

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner the Christmas meal can sometimes be a little stressful. So on the show today we decided to give you some easy ideas to make your Christmas day move along smoothly!

Rachel and Marcy shared a couple breakfast recipes from tastemade.com and allrecipes.com.

Christmas Pancakes 4 ways:

Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Vanilla Eggnog Pancakes

Apple Crisp Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes

Check out the recipe here!

Want something savory and salty for breakfast? How about a Baked Omlette? Check out the recipe here!

Or, an Egg Strata? See it here!

Check out the entire list of Christmas meals from allrecipes.com here!

How about a new way to make the Christmas Ham?? Maple syrup and nutmeg are the stars in this meal, and it’s made in a slow cooker! We might even try it out at the Rinehart house! 🙂 Check it out here!

We can’t forget about the sweets! Check out Mini Donut Reindeers, Oreo Polar Bears, and Melted Snowmen Bark here!

Check out Tastemade’s entire list of Christmas recipes here!

 

Continue to listen to WNZR for 24 hours of Christmas music! Don’t forget to listen for the Christmas Gift Exchange each day from 6am-6pm! Go to wnzr.fm for more info!

The Knox County Christmas Cantata is coming soon!

WNZR’s Wesley Boston talked with Lynn Jurkowitz about this year’s Knox County Christmas Cantata.
Listen in for more details about this very special event coming to our community. Click HERE to hear their conversation.

The Knox County Cantata Choir, directed by Lynn Jurkowitz, presents “The Song Heard ‘Round The World”, composed by Joseph Martin.

The performances will be Friday, Nov. 30th at 7:30, and Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2pm, at the Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon, Oh.

The Cantata Choir will be accompanied by percussionist Chris Miller.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door, and are also available at PakMail, 812 Coshocton Ave, Unit 1, in Mount Vernon. They may also be purchased from Choir members.

Opening for the Cantata Choir will be David’s Heart, a Columbus based Gospel quartet. They will share their message of love through beautiful harmonies, and songs of inspiration.

Bell ringer Pam Guillet will also perform, accompanied by Lynn J.

Lynn Jurkowitz will once again lead the choir as Choral Director, Arranger, and Force of Nature. Lynn’s talent as a choir director is unparalleled, and she will once again bring a large group of voices to one beautiful, soaring, inspiring voice.

Please come join us again for one of Knox County’s most beloved and anticipated Christmas traditions-the Knox County Cantata Choir’s annual performance of Joseph Martin’s wonderful music.

 

Make it a SWEET Monday- With Sugar Cookies!

cookie.jpgToday we celebrated National Sugar Cookie Day! These delicious little morsels are typically enjoyed around the holidays, but there’s never a wrong time (or wrong way) to eat sugar cookies! For some unique takes on the classic cookie, click HERE, HERE, and HERE! For some tasty hisory of the sugar cookie, click HERE! As always, thanks for listening!

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