I want a simpler world. The world where people love, and we don’t take each other for granted. Where life is simpler, and we exhale the beauty of the day, and inhale the goodness we feel for each other. A world where we hug instead of judge, embracing someone for who they are, not because they are dressed in the finest wardrobe.Where clothes hang on the line, and children play hide n seek amongst the crisp, smell of laundry blowing in the wind. Where blessing jars overflow with notes of thankfulness, and prayers for everyone we meet during our day. 

I want to slow down Christmas to a pace where cookies bake, and the scent of cinnamon and molasses fills the air. Where gifts are homemade with tiny children’s hands dipped in paint to make magical handprints, as time stands still and their little hands never age. 

A slowness where grandma’s apron pockets are full of candy, that she slips to her grandchild as their giggles echo through her home. A time of harvesting values instead of throwing out those who don’t know any better. Teaching our children to share, to love and not wanting for anything more than the gratitude of loving us as being human, just being their hard working parents. Gladitude and joy, reflecting in the beauty of a child, not words that hurt and bullies. 

I want to slow down Christmas and find words to gift to family members. Words that will lift them up all year round. Beautiful soul, brilliant mind, fantastic lover, giver of kindness, sweetest soul, and my word list goes on and on. I want to embrace Christmas, slow it to a pace where we celebrate Jesus as we break bread over holiday dinner. I want to bring Jesus back into the season, instead of putting Him in the background of a storefront window, 

I want to slow Christmas, savor family and friends, but also be thankful beyond measure for the Christ Child who is our greatest Christmas gift. 

Sandie Heckman


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