Everything that was gray, and gloomy, and dark is now white, and cheery, and bright. I was SO wanting this snow for Christmas. You know, the picture perfect holiday.
Snow covered trees, a fire in the fireplace, hot chocolate, sugar cookies, and of course twinkle lights. Lots and lots of twinkle lights! I am convinced that family around the tree, with Bing Crosby crooning in the background, feels better with snow on the ground.
However, the picture I dreamt about was a little more beautiful than the reality.
Instead, it was a gloomy, rainy, grayish brown holiday. It felt odd to play Christmas music. The decorated cookies felt out of place, and even the fire seemed too warm because I could see the grass outside. To be completely honest, I feel like this snow is really, really late!!!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely beautiful, but where was it two weeks ago?!!
Even though the snow was absent, in my opinion, this little Myers family had one of the best holidays on record! We spent time together, spent time with family, and of course got to sleep in! We really didn’t have any obligations so we were able to relax and enjoy each other along with our presents! We even got to read a few books too 🙂
I don’t want to admit it, but I am pretty sure that the lack of snow contributed to the awesomeness of our Christmas break. Honestly, the absence of the white fluffy powder outside made me re-examine my expectations.
I was no longer striving to make everything Pinterest-picture perfect and traditional. It was pretty clear that this year was going to be anything but traditional for us. No snow, and a change in our Christmas-eve-at-the-in-laws tradition definitely shook up the norm!
We usually watch Christmas movies leading up to the holiday, no matter how late we have to stay up to accomplish it; we didn’t. We usually set out cookies for Santa, even though we’ve kind of outgrown it; not this year (FYI: that one made my heart just a little sad). We usually get Starbucks and drive around and look at lights; nope, everyone wanted to stay home that night. And, it was okay…
I decided to just let stuff happen. And, you know what?
It turned out to be perfect anyway! Maybe the key to choosing happy is not having any expectations? Well, that sounds a little cynical, but….
Maybe living without expectations and in complete surrender to what is going around us make us depend more on each other. In turn, maybe this forces to be completely pliable in the hands of our Creator, and more open to what He has wants us to be.
As we start 2015, I am going to do my best to let go of expectations. The ones I place on myself, the ones I place on others, and the ones I place on my Creator. I want to give my all to the One who holds my heart. To find myself at home in His love. Trusting completely that He will exceed any expectation I could dream up anyway. Letting go of all that I think I am or should be, so that I can be who He wants me to be. Allowing Him to replace my fear with His freedom!
On, this very snowy and very white week in January, I will choose happy because even though I feel like it was two weeks too late, He makes everything beautiful in His own perfect time.