The Magic of Christmas

I was ten when I learned who Santa really was. Deep down I had known for a few years, but remained in denial because I didn’t want to let go of the magic that surrounds Christmas. My classmates were so rude to come to school and talk about how their parents told them “the truth.” Why would you ruin that for someone else?

Luckily, my sister Tracy is four and a half years younger than me, and I had to keep believing for her. And that is when I realized, I will never stop believing in the magic of Christmas. Even though Santa might be a made up character, the magic and true meaning behind Christmas will never die. It is never fake or make believe.

Maybe some might think it is silly that I get so excited about the holiday. I find complete joy in putting up the Christmas tree. Each and every ornament holds a story or memory. As I hang our stockings, I remember picking them out after looking at hundreds several different ones and wondering if we will ever add more to them for more animals or even kids. As the garland is strung along the fireplace, I bask in the beauty of nature and how something so simple is so beautiful. All the while Christmas music is playing in the background and egg nog fills my Christmas mug.

The magic of Christmas isn’t in your belief of Santa or how many presents you receive. The magic is in your heart. It is your memories of the past, your enjoyment of the present, and your hopes and dreams for the future. The magic of Christmas can only be as strong as you let it be.

This season, and for years to come…why don’t you just embrace it. Don’t let the holidays stress you out. Who cares if that batch of cookies didn’t get baked, or all of your cards didn’t go out. Enjoy all the little moments of the season, the company of your loved ones, and the true spirit of Christmas.

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  • Reply December 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

    i cant remember when i stopped believing!! officially, i mean!!!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph December 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The time with loved ones and the little moments are what it’s all about! It’s never ever about the gifts or what didn’t get done.

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth December 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I had 5 older siblings… night they all went into the attic and started bringing down all the presents…..I was like WTF is going on???? Such a good reminder girl! This is such a magical and special time of year!

  • Reply Helene December 23, 2014 at 10:26 am

    this is so sweet and true. love this!

  • Reply Morgan December 23, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I love this! I hope you have a very merry Christmas!!

  • Reply Biana Perez December 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I love this post! Hope you have a merry Christmas love!! xo, Biana

  • Reply Julia December 23, 2014 at 11:23 am

    So sweet and so true! I keep having to remind myself to not stress about the things I didn’t get a chance to do or making everything “perfect” because that’s SO not what it’s all about anyway!

  • Reply Kerry December 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wait, what? Santa isn’t real!!! Way to kill the dream for me. Haha! I still love the magic of the season. The season of giving, the joy and togetherness.

  • Reply tricia coniglio December 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I love this!!! I was just thinking the other day that sometimes the holidays become crazy and hectic because someone said how stressed they were. The truth is that many of us get ‘stressed’ and maybe it is because we have lost focus. I decided at that point that Christmas morning (and Christmas Eve morning) is going to be about togetherness and spending quality time together.

    That is in line with what you talked about and the magic of the season! Thanks for posting.

  • Reply Laura December 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    This was such a great post, and so needed! I love our family traditions and getting to do those mean more to me than anything under the tree.
    *side note, please remind me at some point in time to tell you when I stopped believing. The story is WAY too embarrassing to post on the interwebz.

  • Reply alyssa December 26, 2014 at 1:07 am

    So sweet, and you’re so right! As we get older we have to kind of create our own Christmas magic, but it’s worth the effort ­čÖé merry Christmas to you, friend!

  • Reply Amanda L (Glittericity) December 26, 2014 at 7:37 am

    You are so adorable! I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas ­čÖé I agree with Alyssa up there–it’s a different kind of magic than when we were kids, but we can make our own and still enjoy it. Lots of love to you and Chris! <3

  • Reply Kay R December 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Santa is real!!!! LOL sweet post!

  • Reply kristen December 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I honestly don’t remember when I found out, but I think I knew long before my peers – we were very poor, so I got secondhand books or the cheap barbie, when my friends were getting fancy barbie dream houses or those car thingys – you know the mini cars for kids? i always wanted one.. sigh. anyway, i think i knew because i didn’t think santa would be that rude to poor kids. but anyway. kids are silly and they don’t think logically like adults, so i’m sure i ruined it for other kids. but i totally agree with you – just enjoy it. i try not to get stressed or upset this time of year, and just be happy i’m alive.

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