For a number of years now, I haven’t been a real big Christmas person. In fact, there was a time when Christmas was so overwhelming to me that conversion to Judaism seemed the easier route. This wasn’t always true. I actually used to be a Christmas Snob. I’d completely overdo Christmas at least in my mind. My mental list of Christmas duties would start accumulating the day after Thanksgiving and wouldn’t actually let up until the sun went down on Christmas day.
My fanatical inner Christmas perfectionism would zap all the joy and energy that was to be had out of the season. I have no one to blame but myself. Chasing this Perfect Snow White Christmas took such a toll on me that January became my favorite month of the year because it was the furthest away from Christmas. And yet, when another Christmas would roll around, I could never tone it down. I was stuck on a hamster wheel in search of Christmas Perfect.
Things are different this Christmas. I’m doing it all differently. I’m not going to make a list to see if everyone has the same amount of presents to open. I’m not going to cook and I’m not going to bake. I’ve wrapped the presents and put them under the tree. Now the only thing left to do is sit back and enjoy because I’ve finally learned the Big Christmas Lesson:
Christmas is our opportunity to jump off the hamster wheel of life for a while and just be deliberately present in love. Nothing more; nothing less.
Christmas is about being PRESENT.
How ironic that it turns out Christmas was about the presents after all!
Until next time . . . I love you