Every year as the Christmas season kicks off, there seems to be a lot of chatter about what is the right way to celebrate.  Instead of choosing to embrace your Christmas, you get lost in a sea of comparison. 

Naturally, we all have strong opinions and beliefs on what we believe is the right way to celebrate the Christmas season. Social media allows for our thoughts to be proudly displayed and pronounced, sometimes without giving any thought to the repercussions.

It is normal that we will all have our own thoughts and opinions, because we are all so different and have different lives, but sometimes I find myself slipping down a slippery slope when it comes to all of this. It starts when I start to judge someone else for their choices. It starts when I start to compare and contrast in an unhealthy way. 

This year, I want to challenge each and every one of you to embrace your unique Christmas season. Embrace your beautiful traditions and be confident in your decisions. Every article posted or opinion shared does not need to cause us to second guess and re-evaluate or be ashamed of our decisions.

You may travel at Christmas or you may stay home.

You may purchase multiple gifts for your kids or you may purchase a set amount.

You may love the Elf or you may despise him.

You may do advent activities and you may not.

Your kids may believe in Santa and they may not.

We are each going to do this season differently because all have different families with different convictions. When it comes down to the little things, I have to stop myself before judging another family. Because that family is doing what they believe is important and because in truth these are all really little issues in the big picture.

It is fun to see what others are doing. I love hearing about the traditions of other families, but in the end, we have to do what works for our unique family.

Let’s intentionally choose to encourage and uplift one another this Christmas season and watch as there is less arguing over who is right and more true love of Christ being shared.

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