I wonder how many people actually experience a perfect Christmas. I suppose it’s possible, but I believe it’s rare.
Yet Christmas can be perfectly happy without being perfect—if we are willing to be flexible and allow traditions to bend. People often become depressed at Christmas because of unrealistic expectations. Many want a Hollywood Christmas or a Hallmark Christmas where all appears perfect.
My most memorable Christmas was the least perfect. I was a senior in high school in a family of five children. Our tradition was to put up our tree one week before Christmas, on Dad’s birthday.
The tree was placed in the same spot every year. But this year the box of ornaments remained on the floor next to the tree because we were too busy to decorate! We’d do it tomorrow. The next day we were all still too busy. This went on until Christmas Eve when Mom asked, “Is anyone going to decorate the tree?”
One by one we all had other plans. Mom heard our excuses and then YELLED in exasperation, “Then throw out the tree!”
We did! My sisters and I laughed as we hauled it out to the trash!
Christmas still came and nobody seemed to miss the tree. In fact, we laughed about it! Sometimes at Christmas we still laugh about it. Being flexible can often create the best memories.
- Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17
- SONG: JOHN 3:16-18
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