The Danger Of Coveting A Magazine Christmas
There it is once again. You are:
- scrolling through Pinterest,
- flipping through your favorite magazine,
- or even seeing multiple holiday ads on TV,
perfect versions of Christmas are popping up everywhere during the fall and winter months.
Admittedly, they are nice to look at. You can even use them as inspiration for your own holiday decorating, cooking, and gift giving.
However, there’s a hidden danger in these picture perfect depictions of Christmas that you need to be aware of.
The Unattainable Illusion
The key word here is “perfect”. When you’re looking at these holiday images you’re presented with, there’s a real danger.
Be careful about expecting that your own family Christmas to have the same look and feel. That is just as realistic as wanting the perfect, body that the model on the latest fashion magazine has.
Coveting a magazine cover Christmas will only lead to disappointment and a feeling of inadequacy. Coveting is never a good thing—even the Bible warns about coveting.
The Beauty Of Contentment
You already know on an intellectual level not to expect the perfect holiday display. Especially while your children are young. And the pets don’t know that you shouldn’t eat the tinsel or wag your tail and knock the tree over.
However, it is hard not to have a deep yearning on the subconscious level of achieving your idea of “perfect”.
Being overwhelmed with these visual pictures of what a “perfect” Christmas is, as interpreted by some, doesn’t help you either. You almost need to put blinders on and find the beauty of contentment in your Christmas experience instead.
Be upfront with yourself and realize that it won’t be perfect!
See, now that is out of the way, you can look at all the hidden ways that your Christmas experience truly is perfect. Perfect for you and your family. Don’t compare your experience with anyone else.
Just like God made each of us unique, so is the individual Christmas experience too.
Finding The Joy In Reality
Since you can’t realistically have the perfectly decorated home, or color-coordinated tree with designer ornaments, don’t let that get you down.
Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Not having a perfectly balanced tree with all the “in” color scheme for this year.
Instead, cherish the moments that you had with your children as you painted macaroni noodles. Then the laughter as you strung them on thread or yarn.
Look, behold, the colorful beauty of memories wrapping around your tree.
Beware The “Perfect” Trap
When you fall into that trap of perfection, you will miss out on all the precious moments. There is so much more to what makes Christmas so special.
It isn’t about:
- gourmet food,
- and color coordinated ornaments.
Christmas is about sharing a special time of the year with our loved ones. Remember it is about stopping for a moment and reflecting on the birth of a baby that would change the world – Jesus.
It is also:
- about sharing memories
- and making new ones
- baking cookies,
- giving gifts,
- singing Christmas songs,
- hanging lights,
- sipping hot chocolate,
- and making more of those beautiful handmade ornaments with the kids
- it is about being a messy, loud, and happy family enjoying Christmas together.
Perfect Or Precious? You Choose
Don’t let this idea of perfection take the joy of the holidays out of you.
- Go bake some cookies and make a big mess.
- Hang those construction paper ornaments with pride.
- Get out all the little decorations that remind you of your own childhood.
- Crank up those holiday tunes
- and then nestle up in the couch with some hot chocolate and sugar cookies to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”.
Who cares that there are crumbs in the blanket and one of the lights on your tree is out. What counts is that you’re having a good time.
This year, instead of perfection, embrace coziness, happiness, and love.