It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And also, ridiculously stressful. There is so much to do, and all those extra expenses and you never know what kind of roads you’re going to have to brave for all these activities (at least around here you don’t.) How are you supposed to be joyful under these circumstances?
It’s easy to get swept up in the commercialization of Christmas, but if you really want to experience Christmas joy this year, you’re going to have to disengage. Perfection is not a requirement for joy. (That’s what I keep telling myself, anyways.) It’s going to be all right if you don’t buy the biggest, most expensive presents. Nobody is going to care if their Christmas cards arrive the 28th. Your decorations don’t have to be showroom perfect and your cookies don’t need to look like the cover from Taste of Home.
Christmas is about much more than exchanging presents and hosting parties. These activities are just the vehicle to let our friends and family know how much we care about them. If you keep your eye on the goal of using the holiday trappings to show love to the people around you, suddenly the details won’t matter so much.
The ultimate goal of Christmas is to worship the Christ child. If you find yourself short on joy this Christmas season, spend a little more time thinking about Him, and less time worrying about your to do list.