The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. Christmas is just around the corner and the stress of having the perfect holiday has blown in with the cold front.
This year our family has grown significantly. Sara got married earlier this year, had a baby, (the cutest baby on the planet) and Dillon and I got engaged. With these amazing life changes our families have branched out and new Christmas traditions have been introduced to the both of us.
I knocked out all of my Christmas shopping a few weeks ago and presents are nicely wrapped under the tree. Although I’m ahead of the game in the gifting department I’m still feeling the stress of having the perfect Christmas with both sides of the family.
I’m stressing about if everyone will like their gifts. I’m stressing about making the tastiest party food. I’m stressing about finding my camera battery so I can have the best family photos. I’m stressing about making sure we get to each Christmas party on time.
I realized last night I was being a bratty Christmas elf and as usual I was stressing about nothing. What really matters this Christmas is gathering with family to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.
It doesn’t matter if we are running a little late in our travels. The gifts don’t matter. What day we gather with our family doesn’t matter. Watching our favorite Christmas movie (Polar Express) doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if mom doesn’t make her Magic Bars. (gasp)
Sure all these things are great but we are all lucky to find time to spend together. We are healthy, live in a free country and have people who love us. God has truly blessed us.
So remember to not sweat the small things this holiday season. Live in the moment, hug your loved ones and count your blessings.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
God Bless and Merry Christmas,