I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free. – Thich Nhat Han
Our family’s Christmas to-do list has been put on hold. With a couple of unexpected challenges, the family’s focus has turned to how we can support each other and not on trips to the shopping mall or finishing the house decorations.
This Christmas season has been a reminder that the most important gifts we can give to others, and to ourselves, are to forgive and let go.
Forgive the mistakes you’ve made. Let go of the guilt so you don’t have to live in the past any longer.
Forgive the people who have hurt you. Let go of the pain so you can open your heart and welcome peace back in.
Forgive your body for the things you don’t like. Let go and free yourself of the idea you have to be perfect.
My Christmas Forgiveness List
The Christmas spirit is stirring inside of me.
Recent events have provided a new perspective to consider my life and the things that need forgiveness – and the things I need to let go. I share these things with a vulnerable heart, but also with the hope that you will consider what you need to add your Christmas forgiveness list so peace can breathe inside of you, too.
I forgive the Enemy and the self-sabotage I’ve allowed to happen. This Christmas, I’m letting go of feeling damaged, inadequate and unworthy.
I forgive myself for not being a better husband. This Christmas, I’m letting go of the guilt for the times I let Mary Beth down.
I forgive my mother for drinking her comfort. This Christmas, I’m letting go of the painful memories so I can better remember the times when she was just my mom.
I forgive the people who said they would be my friend, but then disappeared. This Christmas, I’m letting go of the anger so I can make room for new friendships.
I forgive myself for the selfish choice that cost the world a beautiful soul to see. This Christmas, I want to begin learning how to let go of the regret.
I forgive my brother for leaving too soon. This Christmas, I’m letting go of the thought that I could have saved him.
A New Christmas Tradition
This Christmas, my family is creating a new tradition. While we will still celebrate like we always have, I sense that something new is being made.
This tradition will cover us with more love than we could have ever created on our own. This Christmas tradition will remind us to forgive, and to be forgiven; and then to let go of the things that make us anxious.
Even if we don’t complete everything our to-do list on time, I have a feeling this Christmas will be one we will always remember.