• Susan L.

The Magic of Christmas

Its that time of year again when I find myself caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. I always love this time of year, but sometimes I find it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Especially when my to-do list is a mile long, my schedule is full, and my stress level is high. It’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas.

As I wrap the presents, decorate the tree, and do the holiday baking, I tick off the days on the calendar as the holiday approaches. It seems like every year, the month of December becomes a juggling act. I can still recall Christmases past when my children were young; life was busy then too, and possibly even more so but somehow, it all got done.

Now that I have grandchildren, I experience Christmas through the eyes of a child once again. As I sit in my chair and admire the tree, I take a deep breath and remind myself to slow down and feel the magic of Christmas. In these quiet moments at the end of the day, I reflect over the past year and count my blessings. There is always so much to be thankful for.

Every year my wonderful husband dresses up as Santa Claus and brings presents for all. Even though my two oldest grandchildren no longer believe, I can still see the magic of Christmas in their eyes as they anticipate a visit from Santa. Even my 83-year-old father grins and looks like a kid again!

Suddenly all the hard work and days of preparation were worth every minute. There is enormous satisfaction that comes from it and the precious memories. When I gaze around the room and see the smiles and look of wonder, it reminds me that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well.

If you find yourself racing around and trying to get it all done, try to keep it all in perspective and maybe take some time out and do something nice for yourself.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!