Don't Let Social Media Intimidate You This Christmas Season!
Seriously, we have all seen the photos online. Beautiful, matchy-matchy, nothing out of place, decorated home photos, the perfectly coiffed and well manicured hostess and the magazine cover worthy food shots on what seems like, every post from Instagram to Facebook. We have also seen the pitiful, although hilarious, Pinterest Fails. Which are more true to life for me! Don't be intimidated. These photos are stills that took many hours of planning, a multitude of staff and deep pockets to capture. No matter how much they profess to have just thrown it together! Oh, and don't be duped by the article title that goes something like; "Decorating on a Budget", "Old is New Again" and my personal pet-peeve, "10 Styles That Have To Go"! Most people have something of a cross between "early marriage" and "latest ornaments by kid".
I don't recall hearing those that are thinking of Christmas' past, ever say the decorations were perfect but instead had the tradition of putting that past down, worn angel on the top of the tree. They don't really remember the food being magazine shot worthy, only how certain aromas bring back fond memories of a loved ones face. They are usually remembering the family time, get togethers with friends, licking the bowl, picking out a tree, getting cards in the mail, making toasts, riding around looking at Christmas lights and those little traditions that are so special.
It doesn't have to be anything grand or huge.
Just do what you can do with what you have with those you care about. Reach out to those that may be alone or struggling. I guarantee they won't care if you have a 10' tree decorated in the finest, whether it is turkey and gravy with all the trimmings or a can of soup and a Charlie Brown tree, which is really cute anyway.
Again, don't let social media intimidate you or make you feel as if you are not good enough, don't have enough or can never do/make anything.
After all, remember what we are celebrating during the Christmas season; the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman..." "...emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross."
No cameras or smart-phones here. No Pinterest perfect photos. No "behind the scenes" cast or wardrobe changes. Just life.