Picture the perfect Christmas. Is it the making of the candy and cookies? Is it the perfect sized tree trimmed and glistening with lights and the exact right number and placement of silver icicles? Maybe it is a fire crackling in the fireplace with the stockings hung on the mantel with care. Or, all the family gathered together for one very elegant meal after opening up all the presents from under the tree.
December begins with high expectations but as the days race by the pursuit of the picture perfect day seems just beyond the grasp. Memories of Christmases past, family agendas, work schedules, the search for the perfect gift, finances, uncooperative weather, and over extended calendars, all seem to dampen our “Christmas Spirit”.
May I suggest two steps in making this Christmas at least a “Better Christmas”?
- Make the main thing the main thing. The best way to avoid turning into the Grinch is to remember the point of the holiday.
Christmas isn’t about presents, trees, decorations, lights, or homemade fudge. It is the celebration of the day Jesus was born so we could be set free form our sin. Christmas is a celebration of God’s ultimate gift of salvation.
- Choose peace over chaos. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15). This instruction is true for us today. We are called to live in peace, looking at our lives with thanks for what we have instead of complaining about what we don’t have. When peace rules, the stress of life slowly begins to fade away. Seeking Jesus and His peace this holiday season will ensure that you have the best Christmas ever.