Christmas Expectations

The older I grow, the more I realize the role of expectations in happiness. People often expect Christmas to be a kind of magic bullet of joy, without any thought to their role in the equation. Nostalgia and sentimentality may cause them to forget that their life, their health, their family and friends are the gifts. Instead they may say….”it’s not like it used to be when the kids were small, the economy was booming.” I think maybe that is a good thing in disguise. I do know that as the economy has caused everyone to think twice or even three times about going into debt to “buy” Christmas, people have simplified what they buy,  what they need, yet still have more than 90% of the world. Maybe things would not have gotten so confused if the wisemen hadn’t brough gold, frankinsense and myrh, but maybe just their adoration and presence.

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