Yikes! I’m Not Ready!

I’m never ready. Every year I turn the page on the calendar, and the holidays are suddenly staring me in the face. And every year I say the same thing: I’m not ready.

Why not? It’s not as if the holiday season is a surprise when it arrives. Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday of November. Christmas is always the twenty-fifth of December. Still, I find myself scurrying to accomplish all the things that I’d planned to make the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays perfect.

Maybe that’s the problem. I want everything about the holidays to be perfect. I’ve watched all the holiday movies with their happy-ever-after endings. I’ve read the magazines with their picture-perfect spreads. I even cry at the Hallmark commercials.

Then I race around, trying to reproduce an ideal that isn’t real to begin with….
Decorations? Check.
Tree? Up.
Christmas cards? Mailed.
Cookies? Baked.
Gifts? Wrapped.

It’s about time I realized that the perfect Christmas holiday is over-rated, not to mention impossible to achieve. The trappings may be in place, but I end up missing the joy. My table might be laden with Christmas cookies, but my expectations remain unfulfilled. No matter how many magazines I read or movies I watch, something about my plans will fall short.

This year, I’m revising my expectations. This year I will focus less on what I want the season to be, and more on what it is…the celebration of the birth of God Incarnate. And I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season next week than to celebrate another holiday…one that reminds me to be thankful.

So bring on the holidays! I plan to savor each and every day of the “most wonderful time of the year.” Hope you’ll join me!

What are you doing differently this season?


One response to “Yikes! I’m Not Ready!”

  1. kimberly moore says:

    Thanks for putting all in perspective Ava.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.