“Awww! Christmas is OVER?!?!”


“Christmas isn’t Over!”

A Kid-Friendly Version of Howard Thurman’s ‘The Work of Christmas’*”

Deborah Church Worley

“When the last gift has been unwrapped,

when the last Christmas cookie has been eaten,

when the tree has been taken down and put at the curb

–or perhaps taken apart and put back in its box–

when the unsold cards and gifts and candy of Christmas

are marked down 90% to make room

for the yet-to-be-sold cards and gifts and candy of Valentine’s Day,

the celebrating of Christmas is, indeed, over.

“Awwww!  Christmas is over?!”

But then the work of Christmas begins:

to say hi to the lonely,

to stick up for the bullied,

to hug those who are sad;

to really listen to what someone else is saying

instead of just waiting for your turn to speak;

to let those who are different than you

be not like you without being weird or wrong;

and above all,

to accept that you are deeply and forever loved,

mistakes and secrets and bedhead hair and pimples and all,

and to allow that belovedness to fill you to overflowing,

sharing that love any time you can,

anywhere you can,

any way you can,

and with anyone you can.

Even, and maybe especially, your brother.


*“The Work of Christmas”

Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,

when the star in the sky is gone,

when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with their flocks,

the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,

to heal the broken,

to feed the hungry,

to release the prisoner,

to rebuild the nations,

to bring peace among the people,

to make music in the heart.


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