Small Success: Time to Be Still


Editor’s note: Sherry plans to enjoy Christmas with her family, so she’ll be taking a break for the next two weeks! Small Success Thursday will resume on January 7, 2016. –Barb

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Christmas is right around the corner. I’m still not ready. Part of me wishes Advent were as long as Lent, because I’d have more time to get everything done, or so I’d have more time to prepare.

This past week, we celebrated Gaudete Sunday by setting up our tree and lining the driveway with luminaries. It’s a big week. Two of our kids were in a show. Our daughter came home from college. My son is signed up to run a five-mile race. Add in Christmas shopping, cleaning house, planning a birthday party and a driver’s test and the ordinary stuff of every day, and you’d think I’d be stressing out. I would be, I know it. Except, I did one other thing this week. We went to adoration. Every day, I spent five, ten, fifteen, sometimes thirty or sixty minutes with Jesus. I know the stress of the week bounced off because I’d given myself time with Him first.

So I know I still need to start the wrapping, finish the shopping, organize the rooms, clean and take on all the errands to finish off the school year. But I also know the purpose of this season is to be still. The purpose of Advent is to “Oh Come Let us Adore Him.” Have a great week and Christmas. See you in 2016, for more Small Successes!


Copyright 2015 Sherry Antonetti

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Sherry Antonetti is a mother of ten children, published author of The Book of Helen and a freelance writer of humor and family life columns. You can read additional pieces from her blog,


  1. Merry Christmas Barb and Sherry!

    I’m chiming in a day late…my small success is that I’ve actually made it most of the way through Advent without falling apart. That is literally a first for me. Even when I’ve been overwhelmed, I haven’t freaked out or lost my temper. On the other hand, I also haven’t accomplished much in terms of extra prayer and quiet time, but I have to believe that holding it together for the sake of my family is probably a pretty good place to start, especially compared to previous Advents.

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