Every year people think about how to have the perfect Christmas, and of course there's no such thing.
What's a perfect Christmas? Is it really necessary to build a tree out of 362 cream puffs? Most of us have one or two things that make us feel Christmas is perfect, but we may not even have time to ask ourselves what they are.
For me, it's being reminded to give to family, to friends, to strangers. But it's also decorating. I love to decorate the house for Christmas and I always give myself some extra time so I can do it.
My stepdaughter likes a lot of things, but especially being able to hang her stocking on our chimney. For my husband and his brother, it's being able to cook together.
My brother likes the music and midnight Mass. My sister-in-law likes having all of us together around a table.
What's the perfect Christmas? It may be snow. If that's true for you, drive up to the mountains with your family or friends and get that feeling. It only takes the one or two things that mean the most to you.
Give yourself those things and then save your time and energy to enjoy the feeling of Christmas. There's no such thing as a perfect Christmas unless it's defined by the one thing that's important to you.