Secret #8 for the Perfect Christmas

Remember that on the 25th of each month we will be revealing one of our secrets for the perfect Christmas in 2012.  Today we reveal Secret #8- Christmas is not the time to bear a grudge- forgive!

Better late than never!  In the excitement to discuss all the friends of St. Nicholas I completely lost track of the date and missed posting this on the 25th.  Keeping track of all our holiday fun can be more that one post a day can handle.

This secret to a perfect really gets to the heart of the spirit of Christmas.  It is a perfect time to forgive and if nothing else to forget.  Far too often in today’s hectic lives families can drift apart.  Divisions and arguments from the past can grow into year-long avoidance and even estrangement.  Christmas is the best time to put those differences to rest.  Include everyone for the party.  Don’t forget to extend Christmas dinner plans to your cousins, uncles, aunts, sisters, brothers, parents, and even children.  Use the happiness and kindness of the season to bridge the gap and start fresh.  It may end up being only a short reprieve from whatever trouble you were having, but it may end up being the start to a new time of happiness for you! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  Forgive!

Remember in the movie Home Alone when Kevin finally talks to the scary neighbor man?  The neighbor shared about how he spent Christmas alone and didn’t get to see his son or grand-daughter due to a fight years ago.  Kevin convinces him to call them and try to make up for the past.  The end scene of the movie has Kevin looking out his window to see the neighbor man, who isn’t that scary anymore, walking up to his house with his grand-daughter and son.  Cue the sentimental musical score and grab the tissues.  Christmas might be able to fix just about anything.

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