Perfect Christmas? NOT!

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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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to Perfect Christmas? NOT!

  1. Frank says:

    Kathleen, your personal experience you share in this post drives the point home. Special events and holidays, may not go perfectly as planned. But in the end, they are what we make of them in spite of the circumstances.

  2. Gloria says:

    Your post caused me to laugh out loud! Yes, sometimes when we procrastinate about doing a task, the reasonable thing to do is to move on with a smile that many things aren’t as crucial as they first appear to be.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Gloria, that is so true! It reminds me of the book, Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles Hummel.

  4. Liana says:

    So many of your posts I can see as picture books Kathleen. They are alive with every emotion. Here lies another.

  5. Amanda says:

    We never really had Christmas “traditions” in my family growing up. That has been okay with me! I love just hanging out with my little family and playing games until midnight!

    • Kathleen says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Amanda! Sounds as if you have a Christmas tradition of hanging out with family and playing games until midnight! That’s a wonderful tradition!

  6. Kristi Ann says:

    Amen Sister in Christ Jesus!! We all have heard the saying Christians aren’t perfect, just Forgiven!!

    Only Jesus Christ can FORGIVE our SINS, HE is Perfect as HE is KING of kings, LORD of lords!!

    Merry CHRISTmas to all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus-Yeshua!!

    Love Always and Shalom Everyone,

    Kristi Ann

  7. Frank King says:

    Some people get so worked up about getting everything just right for Christmas. Whatever our idea of the perfect Christ is, however, we seldom get it perfectly right. My experience has been that when Christmas comes, we often realize that what we were so worked up about but couldn’t get done has little effect on how Christmas turns out.

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