I know, I know. Holidays can me horrors. Between ex-spouses’ interference, and stepkids having to be shuttled back and forth from one mess to another, and your own family’s expectations, AND your own standards of perfection, it’s sometimes just too much!
And it seems like everyone has A Plan to make Christmas better: buy this, don’t buy that, do this, don’t do that … yikes!
Well, let me make it all easier for you with one simple idea for this holiday season … BE NICE! That’s all. Just “be nice.” Liberally coat all your activities, chores, communications, everything in a double coating of Nice.
• BE NICE: to your stepkids when they are cranky – they may be afraid of how holidays will go with two “families” to visit,
• BE NICE: to your ex – they are probably afraid you’ll “win” in the “kid loyalty wars” – help them make it fun for the kids,
• BE NICE to your spouse’s ex – teach them a thing or two about how mature adults should treat others (do unto others …),
• BE NICE to your parents – show them how well you turned out; how well you handle challenges; show off your gentle spirit,
• BE NICE to your spouse (your honey, sweety, darling). Your goal: make them proud and relieved that they are married to you this year!
As a dear Twitter friend (Lissa Boles) said, “ Be Nice – it can build bridges , heal hearts (over time) and give the kids whole new kind of security.“
After all, this is supposed to be a NICE holiday, a NICE time of the year. It’s supposed to be NICE to get “loved ones” together, to share family time. If you’re NICE, you win – every time! Jesus said to even be NICE to mean people in Luke 6:28. Paul said to “think on” NICE things in Philippians 4:8. Peter said to keep being NICE to others in 1 Peter 3:9.
Remember this month: it’s not new, and it’s not hard, just determine to BE NICE!