Are Unrealistic Expectations Ruining Your Holidays?

Are Unrealistic Expectations RUINING Your Holidays // jessconnell.comMoms, on today– Mother’s Day– let’s purpose to be thankful for whatever we are given, however small.

Frankly, any holiday can set us up to have unrealistic expectations. Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries… younger women are now even told to expect a “push present” for having birthed a baby. Again and again, we women are primed by our culture to expect huge things.

The people around us are bound to crumble, repeatedly, under the weight of such monumental expectations.

No one can live up to them.

Instead, let reality be your expectation.

Turn off Facebook and Instagram if need be, but do not let this day be ruined by jealousy, bitterness & ingratitude. We can choose to be thankful for what we have (which necessarily implies that there are things we *don’t* have, that we must choose not to dwell on or allow to embitter us). Perfect holidays are the stuff of movies & greeting cards. Most of us live w/ imperfect people, imperfectly celebrating.

Let’s be grateful, right here in the imperfect.

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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast ( I write and wrangle kids.

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3 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Yay!!! I couldn’t agree more, and I tried to remind Moms of this yesterday on Facebook. Aren’t we all such sinners, that a nice day for Mom’s to get appreciated can so quickly get turned into a grouchy day if something doesn’t go just right? Great post :)

  2. Stephanie says:

    A great reminder! Its easy to caught up in what others get rather than focus on my own blessings.

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