Here are a few recent examples.
- A young mother won’t be enjoying Christmas morning with her husband and four children. Why not? Her mother-in-law insists on hosting Christmas Eve out of town. Never mind that the children won’t be nestled in their beds when Santa is supposed to arrive!
- Another mother just couldn’t find the time to make homemade Christmas cookies. She buys some store-bought dough and her husband jabs “That’s what bad mommies do!”
- A colleague in her 30’s finds herself still exchanging gifts with her adult cousins. She suggests that, in lieu of gifts, they make a charitable donation in memory of their grandparents. She is accused of trampling on family traditions and dishonoring the dead.
- A child is crushed when he finds out that another boy in his class has given his teacher an almost-identical Christmas present. He is embarrassed and ashamed of his gift, especially since the other boy’s gift is much nicer.
- A group of colleagues plan a Christmas lunch. Only the “cool” people are invited, and the office nerd feels hurt and left out. He vows to drop his unwelcoming colleagues from his Christmas card list next year!
Is Christmas guilt getting the best of you this year? If so, try replacing it with some holiday grace. After all, Christmas is about salvation and freedom. Start acting like it!