When you’re a little kid, Christmas is full of so much magic, and so much wonder. It fills your heart with a type of pure joy that can only be replicated one season a year, but that you remember year-round. It’s this amazing moment that you wait all year for, and it always passes too quickly.
As you get older, the magic fades; you start to worry about the money that buys presents, and about the stress of the season. You find yourself worrying about what to buy, who to buy for, and how you’re going to pay for it. When you see Christmas lights, you also see an electric bill. You lose the magic in your heart because you are no longer focused on what Christmas means. You have lost the belief in Santa Claus. More importantly, you’ve forgotten what Santa Claus stands for.
Santa is not the person who puts the presents under the Christmas tree, or eats the cookies by the fire place. He isn’t checking a list, and he doesn’t live in the North Pole. He isn’t just one person who travels to every child of the world on Christmas Eve. Santa is the magic that lives in the hearts of children every year. He is the warm feeling you get when you first plug in the Christmas tree, and stare at it in awe. He is the feeling you get in your heart when you smile as someone opens a present you have picked out for them. He is the kindness of giving, and the twinkle in every eye. Santa is the love that we give this time of year, and he is real.
During the holiday season, remember to open up to the feeling of Santa Claus; smile brighter, give a little easier, and remember the feeling of Christmas that you had as a little kid. I know I have had a hard time getting in the holiday spirit because of everything that has happened in my personal life, but remembering why I love Santa and Christmas has brought the flicker of light back into my heart for the season.
Thank you to all who have helped me do so.