The notion that everything will be perfect by Christmas has been reinforced by advertisements and Lifetime movies. These outside messages assure us that whatever happens, synchronous events will conspire to bring us life satisfaction by December 25th. But the perfection is a myth. Our life circumstances are not always conducive to the images we see or desire.
Of course, the point of Christmas is not about perfection anyway. It is about generosity through gift-giving, and raising our aesthetic expectations through decoration as well as through extreme cooking and cleaning marathons.
Above all, the holiday is about connecting with people. It is about seeing family and friends. It is about defying our circumstances, being present to enjoy the spirit of the season, and just having a wonderful day. On some level, the perfect Christmas is attainable, because “perfection” is really just about perception after all.