Wednesday, 6 December 2017
I just read something that was sent out by my church that said that if we have low expectations of Christmas, we can't be disappointed. Disappointment only comes when something doesn't meet our expectations, so by lowering the expectations, you lower your chance of disappointment. While I agree that this is true (and have seen people be disappointed when their expectations are too high), I don't like this theory.
If we had no expectations for Christmas, would we even be excited about it? There would be no anticipation for this season!
I think we need to adjust our expectations, especially when we have young children. I have the expectation that Christmas will be great, but it may not be perfect. We might not get the perfect family photo, the kids may not behave perfectly, there might be crying at some point in the day. Nap time is sure to be messed up, which might result in cranky kids. But we will make memories. At some point in the day we will all be happy, we will enjoy opening gifts and watching others open gifts. We will eat delicious food and spend time with family.
So my expectations are high, but we aren't aiming for perfection here, we are just aiming for some Christmas memories.