So, it’s December 27th. Another Christmas, another holiday season, complete. How do you feel about that?! How did it go? How did mine go, you ask…? Well, I failed! Oh yes, I did, and I wonder if you are feeling like you did too. I didn’t get to all the fun things that were on my list for December. As a matter of fact, a few of the things that I’ve never missed, even miserably pregnant or post par tum, somehow went undone; I was determined to do a 12 days of Christmas with my kids, and that didn’t happen; I didn’t get all my Elf on the Shelf adventures posted to share with you all like I had hoped to; My family always matches on Holidays, and I didn’t even get colors worked out!; I didn’t bake nearly as many cookies as I wanted to… The list goes on.
I really thought this was gonna be my year. Do you know what I mean? It was going to be my perfect year that I totally pre planned, stayed organized, and got everything done. And all to perfection for that matter. But, I guess this wasn’t quite my perfect year. I’m not telling you all of this to make you feel sorry for me. I’m saying it to try to help release you (and maybe myself still yet) of the feeling of failure if you missed as much as I did. Because you know what? No one knows how miserably I failed, except for me! So I can beat myself up about it, which I did, more times that what was probably necessary, or I can realize it was still Christmas! My family is very blessed, and my children are none the wiser that their Christmas wasn’t “perfect”. (Although my oldest did know I had wanted to do the 12 days thing.) I didn’t get to do a lot of what I would have liked to, and I do still hope to get to do more of those things for future Holidays. But, that doesn’t mean that we didn’t have Christmas. It doesn’t mean there couldn’t be joy, or that it was any less meaningful. And it certainly doesn’t take anything away from the wonderful gift of his son, Jesus, that God gave to us all those years ago! So basically, I need to just suck it up and move on! I will document this Christmas (eventually) with all the rest, and the pictures and memories will be just as beautiful as they would had it all gone according to my plans.
So keep in mind that you can’t really fail at Christmas. You’re decorations, outings, pictures, gifts, cookies, etc. do not have to be perfect! The true meaning of Christmas never changes, and if we just take some time to appreciate that, it will help us to keep it all in perspective. Don’t leave 2015 disappointed. Take note of the wonderful things that happened and be content with that happiness. My children did an awesome job in there school production if I do say so myself! I did make my favorite cookies. I was far more blessed than necessary when it came to gifts. My kiddos loved their gifts. We got to spend time with family that we see far too little. I did decorate earlier than usual. It wasn’t so bad after all right?! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and if you didn’t think you did, I hope you can look back and see the blessings and choose to remember it fondly. Some people truly do have sad Holidays. Maybe they’ve lost a loved one, or they don’t have family anymore, couldn’t afford to do for their children the way that one would hope, or many other things that can make for a hard season. Consider these people, and remember how blessed you are. And if you are one of these people, I pray that you can find joy in the beauty around you and find a glimmer of happiness in something special.
I hope we can all look back and say that we had a Merry Christmas!
Smile through the trials