In Oregon, the local national forest office sells permits, which allow residents to hike into the woods in order to cut down a Christmas tree. In theory this sounds great…in practice, not so much. Jennifer and Keith Lee, parents of 4, are missing in the southern Oregon Cascades. Why? Because they went out Christmas tree shopping on Monday, but didn’t find what they wanted, a silver-tipped fir. So they came home and after the kids went to school on Tuesday, they set out again. This time higher into the mountains. Now they’re missing.
Rescuers are searching for them, but with temperatures down in the teens, they need to be found fast. Obviously, my thoughts and prayers go out to them and their four little ones, but that’s not the moral of this story. People go nuts during the holiday season. Shoppers work themselves into a frenzy, parents put themselves into debt trying to get just the right toy for Bobbie Joe, and as a whole, we lose the Christmas spirit in our search for perfection. There is no perfect and the holidays aren’t about that. No perfect cookie, no perfect present, no perfect tree. Let it go.
Don’t let the Grinch steal your Christmas. Be grateful for the gifts you have and try to remember that the holidays are about joy, happiness, and laughter. Things don’t have to be exactly as you imagined them to be in order to have a great holiday. Just be in the moment and you’ll see that things are already more wonderful than you knew. Embrace your Christmas this year, whatever it may look like. Give yourself the gift of happiness.