If you think about it, we either live striving to impress people around us (playing the game "Keeping Up With The Joneses") or we live to bless each person we interact with. There's a constant tension between the two. It's a tug-of-war we are faced with daily, moment by moment.
As I interacted with guests and showed hospitality to friends, I realized the HUGE difference between blessing vs. impressing. The difference between the two sounds subtle, but it's huge! It makes a world of a difference. You see with impressing you always have to be "on your game." You view guests as people who need to be entertained or as a panel of judges who are critiquing you at every move. Impressing is a ton of work and no fun for you or the guests really.
But when your aim is to bless, suddenly those barriers to have it all right and perfect go away. You are at ease in your skin. You aren't afraid of what others might think. You are simply yourself. You share your heart. You act with authentic, genuine interest in your guests and you desire to show them gracious hospitality.
So my friend, as we celebrate Christmas and New Years with friends and family, I encourage you to act with graciousness. Live in such a way as to bless, not impress.