When I learned to let go of the "Perfect Christmas" - I found the Perfect Christmas!
Our Family no longer care if we have the wonderfully coordinated home decorations, the fabulously traditional home baked goods and huge meal, the endless gifts for everybody that we can think of so they won't be mad at us!
We decorate with joy - not stress - if and when we wish to! If we don't decorate elaborately, we know Jesus won't be offended - and after all, it is HIS BIRTHDAY we're celebrating!
If we have a great time cooking, so be it! But the pressure to make it all come out perfectly is gone! Cooking is nurturing our Family, not stressing ourselves out! If it isn't fun, then what's the point?
The best present my Sons can and do give to me is their time! We talk, sing together, laugh and share! We hug and kiss and tell each other how very important they are to us! We share our good times in joy and troubles with empathy. We allow ourselves to feel whatever we feel, not only happy, and smiles, but sad, angry, frustrated, anxious - all of it with the knowledge that we are Family and the Lord wil provide for us IN ALL THINGS!
We cherish our LOVE which is what the Lord has given and we have learned to receive with the same generosity as given. We live in the Spirit of Christmas and only let the materialism of the Season serve us to the extent that we find love and joy - not serving materialism so as to make the Commercialists happy - but to make US content with the many blessings we have, none greater than the time we share together!
We Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
May the Peace, Love, Joy and true meaning of Christmas permeate your each and every Day during this Season of HOPE!