Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Writer, Christmas wasn’t Created for Stress

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Writer, please don’t open the unwanted Christmas gift of stress. The black paper and black bow with an attaching-grabbing tag, Open Me First will spoil your celebration. You’ll recognize the items inside:

  • Writer, cut short any family or friend events. You have too much work to do.
  • Writer, stress is your friend. If you aren’t stressed, you aren’t valued.
  • Writer, no need for last-minute shopping. Family and friends understand you’re too busy to remember them at Christmas.
  • Writer, remember your favorite Christmas character is Scrooge. He got it right/write.
  • Writer, if you’re planning to attend midnight church services on Christmas Eve, cancel it. You should be writing.
  • Writer, here’s permission to spend one hour with Christmas festivities. Then back to work.
  • Writer, you may need to eat junk food and forego exercise. Not enough time.
Unfortunately, I know writers who open this gift before Christmas and practice it year-round. 

But NOT you!

You are among wise writers who respect the season. This gift is wrapped in colors of love, peace, and contain wisdom:
  • Wise writers believe Christmas wasn’t created for stress.
  • Wise writers enjoy a time of relaxation
  • Wise writers practice the art of priorities: God, family, friends, and work in that order.
  • Wise writers plan for holidays and special events throughout the year.
  • Wise writers employ time management techniques to meet deadlines.
  • Wise writers enlist an accountability partner to help each other journey through the exciting and meaningful days of Christmas.
  • Wise writers insist upon balance, not only at Christmas but throughout the year. 
  • Wise writers value healthy bodies by eating nutritionally sound and exercising regularly.
  • Wise writers look forward to the holidays no matter what is going on in their lives.
  • Wise writers treasure the gift of wisdom.
Which gift will you open this year?


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. 

She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Connect here:


  1. Thank you DiAnn, this is a great message and perfectly timed.

  2. So well said, DiAnn. And very encouraging and helpful. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Diane, thank you for your kind words. Blessings for your Christmas.