Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Good Enough Christmas

As you all know, I have been having some health problems lately. With my recent surgery, things have been a little....rough.

I am a very "Type A" person. Everything needs to be just so.

However, I have realized that this year, things are NOT going to be just so. And for once, I am OK with that.

Normally, I would spend hours and hours Christmas shopping, searching for just the right present, for just the right price. Not this year. I have had to relinquish much of that control to Hubs.

You know what? He has done an excellent job at it!

He and I went out on Sunday, and we spent about 2 hours finishing up our Christmas shopping. I had to realize that I may not get back out again, and so good enough was going to have to do. What was it going to matter if I couldn't find just the right present? It's the thought that counts, right?

I had to realize that if I bought something for someone, and they didn't like it, well, then they could just return it! It does not help if I agonize over each and every present choice.

Gift cards are an excellent choice when you just don't know what to buy, and you don't have the time to look for that "perfect" gift. Why not just let THEM pick out what they want? It's good enough.

For my youngest daughter's Christmas program practice, I was asked to bring 2 dozen cookies. I could not stand long enough to make them. So, I allowed my oldest daughter to take over. In the past, I would have fretted over whether or not they were perfect. This year? They were good enough.

I have started to realize that I stress WAY too much over things. My new motto is now this:

My house is good enough.

Not having everything homemade is good enough.

The presents that were bought are good enough.

So, this Christmas, if you haven't sent out your Christmas cards, made homemade cookies for all of your family and friends, or bought just the right presents.....

It's good enough.


  1. Amen Sister! It isn't just "good enough", your Christmas will be great! When I've felt like this (about every other day) I've considered many in true poverty. Oh my, how GOOD we have it...I mean, who really has it "good enough". Is there one? I bet if we talked to them, they'd have a list of things they'd like to improve. But I know what you're saying, "our own personal good enough". Yes, there are times that we have to "lay down" our expectations, or better yet, like you've done, CHANGED your expectations and instead, experience Thankfulness and love! Have a great Christmas Season Amiee. God is definately going to use all this in you and your family's life.

  2. Good enough is right. The most precious gift is time spent with family and friends and that should always be more than good enough.

  3. It's a hard lesson to learn. I'm type A, thick headed and its taken me a long time, but I finally get it! A few days ago I was running late and my oldest son (who is going to school to become a chef) offered to make dinner. My first thought is (EEK!), but then I took a breath and thought, Why Not? ~ He did fabulous! And I was on time thanks to him!
    I'm glad you have family to help you too!

  4. Hi Amiee! I hope you are making a good recovery! I bet everything will be just fine and you will have a lovely Christmas with your hubby and the girls:) I am sure it will be enough for them to have you home and well!

  5. Good for you! Wishing you continued recovery and a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Yes it is! Glad you are getting help. It is so hard having everything perfect. Time to enjoy your life.