Monday, December 2, 2013
Christmas is magic - Stop telling me I'm doing it wrong
Christmas has arrived at our house. For me the season is full of magic, helped by millions of twinkly lights everywhere. Yet for some reason this year I feel like bunches of people are telling me I'm doing it wrong. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I even think it's perfectly okay for your inner grinchyness to be put on display for the world to see. Feeling judged probably has a whole lot to do with me and nothing to do with anybody else. So today, I'm going to tell you how things roll at the Stone house.
Teeny and Santa are part of the magic of Christmas at my house. And until I'm dead (or completely crazy) I will continue to tell my kids that #1 Santa is real and #2 I still believe. Last year I had a heart to heart with my oldest about the "myth" of Santa. I told him that Santa is part of the magic of Christmas. He is not just one person. Sometimes he is a family bringing presents to someone who needs them. Sometimes he is in a hug or a smile. Sometimes he is in that one gift you wanted, but never thought you were going to get. That magic, the one of unending kindness, I hope will always exist. And be a big part of Christmas.
So when I stand in line for an hour an a half on Black Friday to get the very last half price printer the store has in stock, or when I keep checking the lightning deals on Thanksgiving while having wonderful conversation with my family or even when I tell my kids that Santa really truly exists I'm not forgetting why I celebrate Christmas.
In the end I don't think there is any wrong way to do Christmas. Go ahead have a naughty elf and clean up after him, or have no elf at all. Put your tree up the 1st of November, dread putting it up the 24th, or don't put one up at all. Tell your kids Santa is real, tell them it's you, tell them there is no such thing. Open a present on each of the twelve days or Christmas Eve. Give three presents, or five, or as many as you want. You are not doing it wrong, as long as what you are doing works for you.
May each of you find kindness, peace, joy, and love this holiday season. I know I'll be out there trying my best to help spread a little bit of magic, hopefully some finds you.