by Tracy Lane
“Can you watch my kid while I have a free afternoon?”
Sure, let me just reschedule my work meetings, cancel my grocery shopping, and get a sitter for my kids, but YES, I’ll be there.
“There’s a family with a new baby at church. Can you take a meal?”
Of course! I know just the recipe to make—it’s my favorite from Southern Living (you know the one that says prep time: 49.5 hours, cook time: 28 minutes, total time: 50 hours). It’ll be a real labor of love.
“The neighborhood needs a fun Christmas party as a fellowship time for moms with little ones.”
This is one I can actually have fun with, thanks to The 12 Names of Christmas. These faith-building ornaments share 12 names of Jesus, like Light of the World and Immanuel. And for my get-together, I’ll just print the mine-to-make printable pack with activities and instructions for a tree-trimming party. Good, meaningful fun for the whole neighborhood—which is good, because the last time I tried to get the moms together, I unknowingly canceled the Facebook event that I had created. This seems much more fail proof.
My daughter is excited about the glitter-edged ornaments. Not so much because they talk about Jesus, but because she thinks each one is her new, glittery bracelet! Just this morning she looped them onto her arm and toted the box around by its handle, like a purse. I’m sure Jesus would be pleased with the creativity racing through my 2-year-old’s mind.
So I don’t know exactly how far she and her friends will get with making their own ornaments or decorating a cupcake with yellow-dyed coconut and rolled taffy to look like baby Jesus in the manger, but I’m sure that the moms will love it and my friends will think I’ve thrown a great holiday party. And in the end, whether the names of Jesus glisten on a tree or dangle off a preschooler’s arm, I’ll know that I’ve fellowshipped well by talking about what matters this Christmas. That’s something worth saying yes to.