We had the privilege of spending time with both sides of our family this Christmas. For 20 out of our 21 years of marriage, we have had that privilege and are grateful for it.
And I had fun this Christmas… fun playing Farkel with nieces… fun watching football with my father-in-law and brother-in-law… fun driving my brother-in-law’s remote controlled leaf skimmer in their pool… fun pushing my Mom around in a wheel chair (she just had back surgery) while we walked through the 9-degree temp of Iceland Moody Gardens… just good old-fashioned, homespun fun.
Not Always Perfect
I know that nothing is ever perfect when you put a whole bunch of family together in one place at one time, but there can still be a lot of fun had and a lot of great memories made. And I know that there some happenings in life that can take away much of the joy from the season… For example, I have friends who have lost loved ones recently and this is their first Christmas without them around.
Take The Wins You Can Get
But maybe, just maybe, we can each find at least one fun thing we were able to do during the Christmas season this year with family and mark that down as the memory we will hang onto. You don’t have to have skidded down a man-made ice slide… Maybe you simply ate more desserts than anyone else in the room (even though there was no official competition). It was fun and that was a great memory made. Let’s call that a win.
As we head into the next year, let’s choose to focus on the good things we enjoyed this year and let go of the stuff that may not have been so wonderful… As they say, eat the meat and spit out the bones. That will help us gear up for a positive, upbeat, optimistic, faith-filled and fun new year!!!