Christmas, Once More


By now I have lived through quite a few Christmases. There are no memories that stand out, just a general feeling of warmth and hope for the return of Spring.

I am always surprised by the common theme of disappointed expectations surrounding Christmas: the desired toy not arriving, the hoped-for moment of family togetherness ruined by a drunk uncle, or the perfect meal ruined with a burnt turkey setting off the smoke alarm.

Though not to be overly Zen about it, I have come to realize that the way to avoid disappointment, at Christmas and every day, is to throw expectation out the window. Expect nothing and you will always be surprised, occasionally in a good way.

The With those small words of wisdom, I wish you peace on Christmas and joy in the New Year.

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About Chris van Hasselt

I eat, sleep, play guitar...but wait, there's more!
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