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Christmas had come and gone. A day I typically look forward to 364 days a year. More than any other holiday.

It was my first Christmas as a married woman. But instead of joy, I felt sorrow. Instead of peace, I felt overwhelmed and depleted. Instead of glee, I felt the confusion of too many emotions.

Sometimes, those of us who struggle with over-productivity and unmet expectations can get lost in the lackluster appeal. And if tunnel vision blocks our sight, we just might miss the beauty around us. We’re too busy worrying about the cookies that didn’t get decorated, the decorations we purchased but never removed from the box, or the traditions we wished to uphold but didn’t.