What makes for a Merry Christmas? 

Receiving the perfect gift? 

Setting an HGTV-ready table? 

Parents doing just the right things with/for their kids? 

Kids expressing just the right amount of gratitude to their parents? 

What makes for a Bah-humbug Christmas?

Annoying in-laws?

Family feuds?

Financial difficulties?

Unmet expectations?

But, what would happen if we decided to have a Merry Christmas whether or not our expectations are met? If we made a choice to forgive in advance the snotty comments from a challenging  relative or to ignore the dirty looks coming from the troubled teenager. 

Even better. 
What if we decided to go beyond tolerating the most difficult people we encounter in the next 48 hours and show them the kind of self-less love that Jesus came to model? 
Now that would be a Merry Christmas.
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