Errrbody Just Chill Out: My Christmas Soapbox

Guys! It’s Chriiiiiistmaaaaas! Hip-Hip-Horrray!!!

Or…not?

It’s the season for baking cookies. For wrapping presents. For enjoying this special time of life!

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And yet…

I can’t get over how many people are being a Gloomy Gus about this very thing. Over seeing people getting into the spirit of the holiday. For doing fun things with their kids. For taking time to do a few things that we only do one time a year – this time of year.

Here’s the thing. I totally understand the impulse to take what other people do/experience and use it as a standard to judge our own lives against. But at the same time, I’m a little over it. Seriously people.

Jen Hatmaker says it best: “You sing your song, and I’ll sing mine.”

Amen, sister friend!

Don’t enjoy getting out to see Christmas lights? No big deal.

Don’t feel like involving your kids in Christmas projects? Totally understandable.

Did you try to bake with your kids, but ended up with a colossal mess? Hey, me too.

Embrace it, people. Embrace what you can do and what you can’t. Embrace what you want to do, and what you don’t. And stop worrying about what everyone else is doing.

Don’t let other people’s life get you down, get you upset, or make you angry. It’s not your life! It’s theirs!

And to the Christians who are all up in arms about people livin it up during the holidays, I say this: It is for freedom that you have been set free. And, taste and see that the Lord is good. And, every good and perfect gift is from above. God made us human – flesh and blood with hearts and dreams and the ability to enjoy things for a reason. It is through a death and burial that we find salvation, but it is through life that we lead others to that truth.

So chill. out.

If we are struggling with feeling like this is “the most wonderful time of year,” maybe it’s because we forget the “wonder” part of wonderful. Maybe it’s because we spend so much time comparing, that it steals our joy. Maybe it’s because we forget that this time of year is a freaking celebration, people.

As for me and my house, we are gonna bake cookies. We are gonna look at Christmas lights till our eyeballs fall out. We are gonna buy, wrap, and enjoy the heck out of opening Christmas presents. Cause that’s our song. It can be your song, too. But if it’s not, then embrace that fact and let the rest of us sing.IMG_8503IMG_8504IMG_8502IMG_8509IMG_8516IMG_8518IMG_8519

 

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