Ani’s Advent – Pondering

ani (2)Dear Santa,Β  I’m a little dog who doesn’t do religion.
I’d rather chase a tennis ball or terrorise a pigeon
Than argue over who is wrong or maybe who is right…
It seems a silly way to me to get into a fight.

I know the Christmas story, ’cause she told me long ago,
About Joseph and Mary when they had nowhere to go,
And that’s the bit that got to me, ’cause someone found a place,
Although they slept with beasts and not with others of their race.

According to the tale we’re told, they slept beneath a star
And shepherds brought their lambs to see and kings came from afar.
They gathered where the Baby lay, beside the ox and ass,
While angels sang above, they knelt in wonder on the grass.

Now, that’s a lovely story that the world will celebrate…
And then go back to living in their prejudice and hate.
They look askance at strangers if they wear a different skin…
I wonder if the Babe returned, if they would let Him in?

You know, I have to wonder, if there’s any point at all,
In putting presents on the tree or trimming up the hall
Unless they feel the Christmas spirit bringing love and peace
And know that it is in their hearts hostilities must cease.

I know, I’m just a small dog and my voice will not be heard,
I’m only good for cuddles and to chase a ball or bird.
But maybe when you visit you could tell them while they sleep
And give them just a bit of your compassion they could keep.

It would be nice to think it could be Christmas every day
(Without the preparations and the bills they have to pay)
But being gentle with each other, giving Him a place
Within their hearts and in the smiles they’d wear upon their face.

Much love,

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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44 Responses to Ani’s Advent – Pondering

  1. bethanyk says:

    I keep my nativity scene up year round as a reminder.
    This was beautiful.


  2. Hear-felt wisdom beautifully expressed. Made me think – and I have no doubt I’ll remember its essence and take a breath, during this festive season, when it all becomes ‘too much’ and remember for a moment what the whole point of all this is… thank you! Blessings, Harula x


  3. Ritu says:

    I do love your thoughts Ani. The true spirit of Christmas must always be remembered xx


  4. jenanita01 says:

    if we could all treat everyone else the way we want to be treated, the world would be a much better place… Loving your philosophy Ani.


  5. Lovely post with a very deep meaning. I have ordered Notes from a small dog because I enjoy these posts so much.


  6. adeleulnais says:

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    Beautiful wise words from Ani


  7. Ani is a very wise dog! And beyond cute, give him a big hug from me for Christmas. πŸ™‚


  8. willowdot21 says:

    I wish it could be Christmas every day…. well actually I don’t but I do wish we could all just get along, help each other and share the wealth around! But I am afraid that will not happen Ani xxxxx


  9. You are right Ani, wouldn’t it be lovely if we could have the spirit of Christmas every day xx


  10. bobcabkings says:

    Ani, us two-leggeds could learn a lot from a small dog. You make beautiful wishes.


  11. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Ani has a suggestion for Santa.


  12. Yes, yes and YES. Will we ever get it right, Ani? o_O ❀ ❀


  13. oneta hayes says:

    I believe we could learn a lot from Ani. Love the rhyming and meter.


  14. dgkaye says:

    That was beautiful Ani. xo


  15. Wisdom from a small dog. Happy Holidays to you, Ani, and to your human ❀


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