12/14/16

It doesn’t have to be perfect, does it?

I’m feeling it. The last two weeks before Christmas and I’m doing, doing, doing  again  what I said last year I wouldn’t be doing.

The crunch of too many projects and too many activities and me expecting it all to fall into place perfectly.

The house must be decorated and cleaned perfectly. The DIY gifts have to look anything but DIY.

 

My face has to appear rested and relaxed and not tense and dull from sleepless nights.

 

 

The gift buying must be thoughtful and be just what they wanted.

And the holiday is not complete without tins filled with holiday sugary delights..

 

Yeah, I’m feeling it again.

The need to have it all together.

I recently read an article that required deep soul searching.

Is the reason I want to have it all together…..

because I want to be the  hero of Christmas?

I want my loved ones to have joy,

but do I want to be the one who puts the joy there?

Tough questions that require honest answers.

umm…  I don’t believe I want to be the hero of Christmas,.

I just  don’t want to be the one that brings down the holiday spirit…….not on my time.

That said…I guess yes…I do want to be the one spreading joy. And isn’t that’s what the season is about?

Spreading the joy. And that’s where we all must be reminded that the joy is not all about us.

It’s not about what we do or don’t do.

It’s about spreading the joy of His birth and the joy of the reason He was born.

 

Although the  first Christmas was in simple surroundings,

the celebration lit up the sky. The lights we use to decorate can’t compare

with a host of angels lighting up the night.

And the Christmas music we listen to ……no comparison to Angels singing

“Glory to God in the Highest, Peace Goodwill to men.”

A lighted star atop the tree is merely a symbol of the bright star the wise men followed.

So  light the lights, decorate outlandishly, wrapped the gifts and make the goodies.

Spread the joy in all you do. The joyous news is the gift of His love; the gift that keeps on giving.

Just remind yourself that as you’re spreading the joy, it doesn’t have to be perfect. The joy that comes from the heart is always perfect.