December 24, 2014

Something Magical Happens at Christmas

When my big kids were asked what they wanted for Christmas this year I was expecting the answer of Spiderman, Ninja Turtles, Nerf guns from a little four year old boy but instead his answer was something I never thought I would hear, 'I don't want anything for Christmas except for our family to be together.' I do not know where he heard this; maybe a movie, maybe a book, maybe from something at school but it carried through our house this Christmas season. None of my kids made a Christmas list this year. They have not asked for a single toy. Instead they have asked to make Christmas cookies to bring to the neighbors, to have their new cousin over for a play date, to have daddy build a fire because mommy does not know how to. Are they excited to open presents tonight? Of course they are only 6. 4 and 2 but somewhere along the way they have realized there is more to Christmas than presents.

There is something so magical about this time of year; the Christmas carols which have been playing since the beginning of November in our house, the smell of pine from the Christmas tree, the sparkle of lights in every room and on the rooftops, and the crackle of the fire. Sometimes as Christmas gets closer you can feel a change in the world. People are kinder. Strangers are wished a Merry Christmas. People take that one extra step to make someones day. If only the magic of the season did not end...

The other night I was praying for answers, for guidance and for directions and just as I fell quiet the following lyrics came over the radio:

Believe in what your heart is saying, 
Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste,
There is so much to celebrate.
Believe in what you feel inside,
Give your dreams the wings to fly.
You have everything you need, if you just believe.

So tonight on Christmas Eve may the joys that make your Christmas magical carry on because as the rest of the words to the song Believe tell us:

Children, sleeping.
Snow is softly falling.
Dreams are calling, 
Like bells in the distance.
We were dreamers,
Not so long ago.
But one by one, we
All had to grow up.

When it seems the magic slipped away... 
We find it all again on Christmas Day.

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