Advent Thought For The Day: 23


December 23rd: Step Into Christmas

Christmas can be a testing time for families. We come together with open hearts and great intentions, but sometimes find it difficult to get along. It’s hardly surprising when we live such full-on, switched-on lives. Stepping into Christmas can be hard.

I freely admit I don’t have the longest fuse, especially when things don’t go my way. Sellfishness is a trap one falls into when one lives alone and it lays invisible until triggered by the wants and needs of others. I find it a challenge to switch from ‘me’ to ‘we’ at short notice. Christmas with all its expectations of perfection and harmony tests me to the limit: It’s the one element of the festivities I have yet to master.

It’s the one-offness of Christmas that catches us out. Propelled from the mundane into the extra-ordinary we may flounder. The decompression zone between the frenzied build-up and the occasion itself is brief – perhaps a day or two at most. It’s not easy to change mind-set and relax in such a short period of time.

The pressure to excel at Christmas is immense, but that’s not what it’s all about. It’s incumbent on us all to keep things in proportion, make allowances, keep the peace, give joy and generally smooth the way into the New Year. Today has been a wonderful day but I’ve faltered on occasion. With two days to go, I know I must try harder. TFG.