Remember that on the 25th of each month we will be revealing one of our secrets for the perfect Christmas in 2012. Today we share secret #6- It doesn’t have to go your way.
This secret is pretty simple to grasp. Things don’t have to be ideal for Christmas to be great. We can so easily get bogged down with what didn’t work out or happen the way we expected that we don’t enjoy what actually happens. So what if you couldn’t find exactly the gift you thought would be best, or couldn’t get the tickets to the must see concert, or couldn’t get to where you wanted to be a the exact time. Embrace the season. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays. The most heart warming tales we love to read, hear, or see at the holidays almost all have things not going the right way as a common element. Rudolph- definitely not what he thought his Christmas would be, Santa too that night. Charlie Brown- he was certainly not enjoying how things were going at that Christmas Pageant. All the Lifetime and Hallmark TV movies definitely have the plot focused on something gone wrong or unexpected. Again I go back to Kevin in the movie Home Alone– little guy left behind by his family and he makes it work. If we stop and think about the original Christmas we see that things for Mary and Joseph most definitely were not going their way. I’m sure they did not plan to stay in a stable and Mary to give birth in a stall. Cherish what happens and use your spirit and energy to make the best of it!
* Today also marks the 6 month point of our countdown. Half a year gone! We start all our podcasts with the phrase that “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and lately the weather has certainly not been what we think looks like it. I was thinking today that this 90 degree weather and times at the shore is probably exactly what Christmas looks like for lots of people. Think of the holiday in Australia- right when it’s warm and schools are on holiday. I imagine the nostalgic imagines of a family Christmas might include the beach, cookouts, and time in the water if you were from down under. So I will embrace this summer heat and think of how Christmas would be if the hemispheres were reversed and today’s weather was what I got on Christmas morning. It is also giving me lots of ideas for our Christmas in July party coming up soon!