12.19.2007

The Magic of Christmas

"The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas." (W. C. Jones)

That says it all, doesn't it? As I prepare a meal to take to a family that just welcomed a new baby, as I choose and wrap gifts for people I love, as I do small acts of service that might be meaningful to others-- in all these things, I feel the magic of Christmas sparkling inside me.

I love this time of year. I love seeing the magic of Christmas on the faces of others. I love seeing people stretch themselves to extend kindness and love to others. It really is magic.

More than that, I'm so thankful for a moment to reflect on the joy I feel in doing what I can to help celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In that miraculous birth of one tiny baby boy, we received the greatest gift ever given. As we share ourselves with others this year, that becomes the greatest gift we can give back to Him.

9 comments:

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

That is just so well put. I love you, Jan! You are such a bright spot in my day!! Christmas is truly a magical time!

feltc said...

Love this, Jan. I'm busy with some of those same things, and need to remember the joy I receive from completing those things and sharing myself as you so nicely put it. As always, thanks for your beautiful words. And love the new blog look!

Emily said...

That was a great thought. We have been trying really hard this year to focus on Christ and not on Santa and gifts. I love your blog it always warms my heart.

100 Percent Cottam said...

beautiful! and love the pic. so lovely.

Jori said...

I love that picture too. Thanks for the great thoughts. I love this time of year too. It's been fun this year, Kaitlin is a little older and is understanding what Christmas is all about.

Tiburon said...

Great thoughts! I love this time of year too for all the same reasons :)

hoLLy said...

beautiful jan, just beautiful!

Shelley said...

I love it too. :) It really shows your kind, generous, giving spirit. We all need to be more like that, not only through the Christmas season, but all year round. :)

Kristi said...

These are the things I need to remember, Jan! I feel so overwhlemed this time of year it gets easy for me to forget sometimes what it's all about! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.