Here are a few categories to consider.
Holiday parties. Feast or famine? I was invited to two holiday parties. I attended one. For me, that was fine. I'm not much for big parties and my social circle is fairly small.
Some people would feel like the world was ending if they only received two party invitations (those people are called extroverts).
I know a few others who have a feast of invitations (and the misguided notion that they need to attend every party) and they wish for a famine.
Self-control. Feast or famine? Pretty much inversely proportional to the amount of food and alcohol consumed above and beyond the necessary caloric intake... But there's also that notion that declining a party invitation or saying "no" to an opportunity is a form of self-control. Speaking of which, I'm suddenly reminded that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23).
Energy. Feast or famine? Hmmm. That's a good one. Most people I know are in famine state on energy and self-care during this time of year. All those to-do lists, all those parties, all that shopping and gift-wrapping, all those envelopes to address, all those road-raging drivers near the mall...
Relationship. Feast or famine? I don't just mean relationship as in "yes, I have one", I mean relationship in the sense of feeling connected and fulfilled and sustained and satisfied.
Sometimes I get a Christmas card and I wonder why. Why is this person sending me a card? Do they actually ever think about me apart from the day they open the address book in December? How much energy are they sacrificing this month to send cards for relationships that are on life support or perhaps even dead from lack of sustenance?
When did Christmas become about driving ourselves to the brink of exhaustion? I can picture Jesus looking at us with pity, like he did to the disciples when he was having to explain a basic concept (again).
I wonder if Christmas is so exhausting because we try to cram a year's worth of giving and hospitality into one month.
So many of us are lonely and tired and I wonder if it's because we're afraid that staying in relationship will cost us too much. Maybe we go through the crazy month of December and then think that we need 11 months to recover. But maybe that's wrong. Maybe if we built community a little bit at a time it would actually sustain us instead of draining us. Maybe it's worth a try. Meet someone for coffee, take your lunch and visit a friend, practice opening your home to others a little more frequently. You don't have to schedule every moment, and you are definitely allowed to ask for help. In fact, maybe your first appointment ought to be with Jesus since providing help is pretty much his gig.
I would say "it's just something to ponder", but if something here caught your attention I really hope you'll decide to do something different in that area this week and perhaps even create a plan of how to sustain that through the next year.
Merry Christmas and Happy Relationship-building.