It is almost THE DAY…Christmas…the culmination of the “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. Over the next week, families will gather, travel to gather,split their time between various households, attend church services and all other kinds of “good stuff”.
It is all of this “good stuff” ( the who, what, where and why) that often leaves people just wanting the whole holiday thing to be over or simply dreading it before it starts. Perhaps it is just me but creating Hallmark Card or ABC Family Holiday Movie quality Christmas memories can be difficult.
I struggle with the “who, what, where, hustle-bustle and gift-buying” part Christmas every year. Even when I thought I had the whole thing figured out and I put my foot down on some things….plans changed.
So my mantra this Christmas is to be Flexible.
Everything is NOT going to go as I planned and that is ok. Better yet, that may be for the best. (I will have to remind myself of this over and over…because things just go better when they are done my way. Hehe!)
People’s lives change–weddings, deaths, births, sickness. What has ALWAYS worked for years may or may not work this year or EVER again.
Top all the plan changes, gifts, and family with the realization that somebody will probably dance on your happy and you have a recipe for the famous “Unmet-Christmas-Expectations-fruitcake”!
“If we aren’t careful to be intentional, the joy of the holiday season can quickly be replaced with hard feelings, anger, and disappointment. More than anything, sometimes extending grace to ourselves and others is the simplest way to allow us to experience the most wonderful time of the year.”-Kelly Gordon (www.simplemom.net)
Colossians 3:12-14 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.