We’ve all seen the movies and TV commercials, family and friends all wearing Christmas sweaters, an impeccably decorated house, snow falling to the ground and everyone laughing, drinking hot cocoa and having the time of their lives. When you think of Holiday parties, what comes to mind? It’s probably something similar to what I just described. But how many of you have actually experienced the Holidays in this way? Are we all trying to live up to some lofty expectation that can never be met? If so, how did this happen? Card companies? Norman Rockwell?
Of course the next obvious question is, does it matter? Perhaps we should stop searching for that one thing that will make us “feel” like it is Christmas and focus instead on what we have. Take a moment and look at your children or grandchildren as they run through the house playing with their new toys. Do they have any trouble finding the Christmas spirit? Forget all of these notions about the perfect holiday party and focus on creating your perfect holiday party. What do you want at your party? Who do you want to see? What do you want to eat? Where do you want to be? Go out and make it happen! Give your kids a safe, engaging and fun environment and I’ll bet the rest of the pieces will fall into place.
Enjoy the season!