The Small and Simple Acts of Christmas

Hello sisters, mothers, and friends. My name is Janey and I wanted to introduce myself real quick! I have been married for four years and I have one sweet little girl (Aly) who is one and a half. I’m so excited to be writing for Our Little Slice of Haven. I’m even more excited that my first post gets to be about Christmas! It has been snowing all day which has really put me in the Christmas mood, although I have been in the Christmas mood since the day after Halloween. (Yes, I am one of those people!)

Confession time: I cried reading a Llama Llama book to Aly the other night. Actually, I cry every time I read it to her. It’s Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and we read it quite frequently because she loves Llama Llama. So to quickly summarize the story, it’s about fifteen days before Christmas and Llama Llama just can’t wait. He’s baking cookies, shopping, making crafts, wrapping presents and decorating. Llama Llama has had enough! So Mama Llama pulls him close for a snuggle. She tells him, “Sometimes we should take a rest and hold the ones we love the best. Wishing, waiting, wanting things… we forget what this time brings. Gifts are nice, but there’s another- the true gift is we have each other.” This has really made me evaluate how I’m going to spend this Christmas season. I love all the Christmas activities, the joy, the fun, the food. This year though, I’m going to try and slow down and pay more attention to who I am doing these things with. Because the what doesn’t really matter if you aren’t with the ones you love. So my challenge to you is to focus on those you love, and think more about the time you get to spend with them rather than what you are going to do this season. 

My wish for you, my sweet sisters, is that you will feel of Christ’s love for you this Christmas season. Christ knows and loves each of you. I believe that one of the best ways to feel of Christ’s love is to serve one another. So make a special effort to reach out and serve those around you. Serve as Christ would serve. Love your neighbor, help your friend, help the sick. Service doesn’t have to be this huge act or sacrifice. It can be small and simple. In fact, sometimes it’s the small and simple acts of service that touch our hearts the most. Write a card to tell a friend you’re thinking about them. Watch another mom’s baby so she can go Christmas shopping. Go caroling and brighten someone’s day! Enjoy this season and remember, it’s okay to let someone serve you as well. 

I just wanted to finish with the 3rd verse of “Away in a Manger.” “Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.”

Merry Christmas everyone! 

-Janey

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