But it shouldn’t be.
But we see the message everywhere.
We have to have a perfect Christmas.
On television, perfectly dressed children dance around their photo model mother and father, while doting grandparents are seated in their easy chairs watching. The pleasant-looking dog is asleep by the fireside, and everybody is drinking punch and downright giddy with Christmas cheer.
In a real world, the children probably have their muddy shoes on inside the house, and their clothing ruined from an afternoon of full contact football in the front yard. The grandparents might be in an argument over who’s mama handed down the sweet potato casserole recipe. Mom and dad are exhausted from the run-up to the Holiday. And the dog is looking guilty for stealing the ham bone off the platter on the counter, then promptly horking up his gastric overload on the carpet mom and dad just spent a hundred bucks to have cleaned.
Now that sounds more like reality.
We see perfect everywhere, all the time anyway. And, for the most part, we cannot have it that way.
Make a deal with your family… and make it simple with no “but’s” included. Let’s take some of the pressure off ourselves.
If the cupcakes aren’t perfect, your child will still pass third grade.
If the oven element blows out right before you put the turkey in…go vegan this year,
If the sweater is the wrong size, or you already had one of the present you get, or if they already had one of what you’re giving, it’s going to be okay. I’ve even wrapped the wrong present for the wrong person. (Imagine some deep confusion, and you’ll get the picture.)
Say that with me… it’s going to be okay.
I promise your family will not disown you if your dog pukes in the middle of the floor during “O Christmas Tree”.
If a Christmas tree falls over in the living room….clean up the smashed ornaments, tilt it upright, and use some fishing wire and an eye bolt. (From experience of several such incidents).
Remember this- Jesus Christ came to save the imperfect.
And that we are.