December 2, 2015

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18
 
When you have adult married children, you learn the art of holiday compromise and scheduling.  This is especially true if your married children or their in-laws live out of town. Holidays tend to be stressful for everyone, but more so when newly-weds, new parents or families with children (who have their own set of commitments) try to fit everybody into the holiday schedule. 
 
Unfortunately, the holiday season can bring out the worst, rather than the best, in us. Those of us responsible for hosting the primary family dinner can let the tiniest blips in the schedule ruin the entire day, if not the season, for us. We become so consumed with making certain that everything, from the main dish to the decorations, is perfect, that we forget the reason for the holiday celebration. We are more concerned with the presentation of the holiday spread than with the holiday company.
 
Families traveling during the holidays, especially those traveling with small children, face even more stress when flights are delayed or cancelled or other travel related issues arise. So, this Thanksgiving holiday let each of us be thankful for each other and the time we have together to celebrate the holiday.