A newsroom argument over whether colored lights or white lights look better on the Christmas tree:
“Colored lights make a tree look messy,” I said.
“Christmas trees are like families. They’re supposed to be messy.”
It effectively ended the debate, and those words have been jingling around my head since.
Family drama can place a strain on this mistletoed holiday. When people bounce from house to house, relative to relative, old arguments are dredged up, new ones spring to life.
As we near the cusp of Christmas, remember this is a season of great love, of the greatest love. No earthly thing can overwhelm that.
I encourage you to remember the reason we gather these next two days (or, for those with larger families, for the next week, repeatedly). This is a time based in love. It is a time to put aside squabbles and arguments and drama. The homemade ornaments on the tree are far more important than what is under them.
A Christmas tree is like a family. It may be big or small, messy or neat, picturesque or haphazard. No matter the kind, it is twinkling and loved all the same.
Merry Christmas. Peace on earth.