(Proverbs 21:9 KJV) It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
The Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year/Epiphany medley is over. How did it go? Was their any contention? It is amazing how much tension can be generated by the simple process of decorating a tree. And then we have the people who keep forgetting the family traditions. This verse is a good reminder to look back and ask a question, “Was I the voice of harmony or dissonance?”
Often the only way we can know is to be honest in our evaluation of how people respond. The thing we should be asking ourselves is not, “What is wrong with them?” That assumes that we are purer than the snow you wanted for Christmas. No, the first place to look when someone else is having a reaction is in your own behavior. My guess is that we are the culprit.
So? Apologize if it doesn’t make it worse. Make a note to work on your behavior or sensitivity. Most important, be like Santa Claus who not only made a list but checked it twice. It should be a short list because you are the only one on your list.