Christmas Does Not Have To Be Perfect
If you believe popular media and holiday guides, you may think that everything to do with Christmas from the tree and decorations, to the food, and even how you wrap your gifts has to be perfect.
That is simply not true and deep down you already know this.
Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect to be enjoyable.
Sometimes Life Gets In The Way
How many of these examples have happened to you?
- Wonky cookies that actually taste just as good or better than the original recipe.
- Handmade ornaments with their flaws are charming and actually very memorable as a result.
- Mix and match holiday decorations reflect your
- family history,
- and also bring back lots of lovely memories.
- A burnt pie or an under cooked turkey may seem like a bit of Christmas dinner disaster.
But these are all examples of how they also give you Christmas stories you’ll retell and laugh about for years to come. Most of all, memories to cherish, in the midst of imperfection.
Embrace The Imperfection
Stop striving for perfection. Just like you and I, imperfect human beings, life is not perfect either.
Instead, focus on enjoying this lovely season. At the end of the day, it won’t matter to your children, spouse, siblings, or grand kids how perfectly you wrapped their gifts.
What matters is that you chose something meaningful.
Don’t spend hours upon hours getting the tree decorated just right if it stresses you out. If you’re enjoying it, by all means go for it, but don’t force yourself to create a picture perfect holiday home. Do you really want to live in a magazine? Or a home?
Instead, turn on some Christmas music, get the kids, and have fun decorating the house. Then pile everyone in the car with some hot chocolate in a thermos and go look for Christmas lights. Have fun and laugh.
Reflect On Your Favorite Memories
When you feel yourself falling into the trap of wanting a perfect Christmas, think back on your favorite childhood holiday memories. I’ll guarantee you it wasn’t about having the perfect tree or nativity display that couldn’t be touched.
Instead, your most precious memories, like many of us, are the simple things. Simple things and activities like:
- baking cookies,
- making ornaments,
- or singing Christmas Carols at the top of our lungs.
Sometimes, Life Is No Respecter Of The Christmas Season
It’s also important to realize that we all go through tough times. Perhaps this is the Christmas that will be more challenging than others in the past.
- Maybe there was a death in the family.
- Or you lost your job right before Christmas.
- Perhaps the water heater broke at the most inopportune time.
- I’ve even heard of the oven element burning out while the turkey was only half cooked!
These type of situations happen to all of us sooner or later. While there are thousands of things that could happen that could potentially ruin your idea of Christmas, how you react to any of them is up to you. Some years, you simply have to make the best of it and move on.
Do what you can to give your loved ones a good Christmas, and chances are, doing so will help cheer you up as well, no matter how big the challenges you’re facing. It’s often these unusual Christmases that will stand out and matter most to your little ones.
So, remember Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect, to be, well—perfect!