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Christmas Eve Stress Mess

It's 11:30 Christmas Eve which means one thing. Holiday stress. There's this pressure people seem to feel to make Christmas absolutely perfect. The perfect gifts, the perfect decorations, the perfect food, the perfect family time--it all has to go just right! It's Christmas!

But Christmas is an imperfect day, full of imperfect human beings, and imperfect circumstances that are out of our control, just like every other one of the 364 days that happened this year. Trying to force it to be perfect is going to do nothing but cause stress! And too much stress definitly isn't healthy.

Personally, I believe this desire for the perfect Christmas comes from the idealistic childhood memories we all have of the holiday. We want to recapture the magic of Christmas we experienced when we were little. Waking up to presents under the tree, playing with the new toys, seeing our family, and having all that delicious food. Christmas wasn't stressful then, it was magical. Everything was just naturally perfect on Christmas! But as we get older, that just isn't true. It wasn't true back then either.

As kids we didn't care if everything was absolutely perfect, we just cared that it was fun. Kids don't get stressed about Christmas; they're just happy. As adults we need to relax in order to recapture that joy.

Instead of worrying if everything is PERFECT this Christmas, just enjoy it for what it is. It's a time to be with family, or watch the only TV episode where winter happens, or whatever else makes you happy. Christmas can be a great time, even if it's just as messy and imperfect as every other day of the year. Remember that, and it'll be a lot more magical.

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