I read an article in Guideposts the other day of TV’s Katie Brown’s first Thanksgiving in her new home with her family and new mother-in-law. It was going to be perfect and organized.
Then she gets the turkey out of the oven for dinner and finds it still raw inside. The new oven’s settings were off.
She told her husband to come into the kitchen saying, “I can’t believe this. Everything’s ruined.”
She writes, "William took my hand and said, “Sweetheart…” I looked into his eyes. It hit me. Thanksgiving wasn’t ruined. It wasn’t about the turkey or the sides or singing “Over the river…” in a sleigh.
It was about the feeling I’d had all day. Nothing could take away that sense of being extraordinarily blessed and extraordinarily grateful."
Fallen Tree by Joe Shlabotnik
The Christmas disasters you fear about something going wrong or not being finished are just minor blips or maybe humorous stories for future telling.
Around this time of year I see people’s anxieties rise as the self-imposed pressure of the holidays makes them more frantic than what is warranted. The world will not fall apart if a present is late, Christmas cards turn into New Year’s cards, or the whole meal is burned and you are stuck eating the hors d’oeuvres.
After an anxiety filled year, it seems even worse than usual.
What if from now until Christmas or whatever holiday you are celebrating, we kept our eyes open for precious moments. And things going right. And all of the blessings we have.
Truly have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Bright Winter Solstice and/or Blessed Kwanzaa.