Updated (Org. pub 12/27/17)
Two days after Christmas and I have to say that I’m really glad it’s over. And I don’t think I’m alone here. Most people I know can’t wait until Christmas is over, and when it is they breathe a sigh of relief. I’ve often said that Christmas seems to bring out the worst in people.
Christmas can be a lot of pressure—pressure to live up to all the hype. It probably has a lot to do with all those crazy stupid Christmas songs you here “everywhere you go.” They tell you that it’s supposed to be “the best time of the year.” All this pressure can leave people feeling unhappy and stressed out.
My family didn’t celebrate Christmas when I was growing up, but I participate in the holiday now, which makes me have a unique perspective. Sometimes I still wish I didn’t participate in it, I think I was a lot happier. But what I’ve tried to do is not let myself feel pressured. After all, Christmas is supposed to be about the celebration of the birth of Christ. That’s it. All the other stuff is just added on muck. I don’t need to feel pressured to “have the best time of the year.” If it’s just mediocre or even down right shitty that’s ok. It’s supposed to be all about Christ, and I’m happy to leave it at that.