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The 12 Rules of Christmas - Day 1

Posted on December 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Don’t forget that everyone has one ugly side of their Christmas tree.

We all know what it’s like. You painstakingly hang all of the ornaments, tinsel, lights, and ribbon. You step back to admire your work and realize there are gaps or lights are out or you missed a section altogether. So what do you do? Most of us don’t have the time to make it all over again so we turn that part to the wall or the corner and we carry on with our day. Some of us, myself included, don’t even bother decorating the side that faces the wall. Its just there with bare branches and some big old gaps.

How does this apply to our life? Well, consider the fact that just because you are seeing this amazing tree, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that there are ugly, bare, or unfinished sides. We all have those same parts within ourselves or within our lives. We all have the part that we put out for the world to see and then the parts that we carry silently and hide from plain sight.

It’s important to remember in this time of year that it is easy to start comparing yourself to others: how much time off they have, how many traditions they have, how many family comes to town for them, how many presents they are able to provide their kids, etc., etc., etc. We have to remember that those things are just the pieces that are out there for the public eye. They all have the ugly part facing the wall. You may not be able to see it, and really we don’t even need to. We know we all have one. So let’s all embrace the public parts of our Christmas trees and be understanding of the hidden ones, both our own and those around us.


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