When most children are small they believe in Santa Claus. They believe in the magic of Christmas and that Santa can do just about anything. It is the wonder of the season through the heart of a child. As they grow older, they start to believe less and less and one day they realize they don't believe at all anymore. But the magic of Christmas isn't reserved only for children. All it takes is a little belief.
The magic of Christmas is actually love. The love shared between people of all backgrounds and religions. The love of mankind one for another. This can be shown in so many ways, not just presents. Helping someone shovel their snow. Making someone cookies just because. Sending a heartfelt card to friends and family who live far away. Taking a needy stranger to the store and buying them clothes or a hot meal. Volunteering at the local homeless shelter. Sharing a smile in a crowded line at a store. Most magical gifts cost nothing except a little bit of your heart. This is the true magic of Christmas.
It's easy as we grow older to become solely focused on all we have to do for the big day. All the shopping, decorating, cooking. It's easy to become jaded about how commercialized Christmas has become and then become bitter leading to a total loss of magic. It's easy to be unhappy when we don't get what we want on Christmas Day. But in reality, what we should do is always remember that there are those who have less and there are those who have nothing at all. That these people do not only exist at Christmas but they surround us every day of the year.
The magic of Christmas shouldn't be reserved only for the very young and it shouldn't reside in our hearts only at Christmas. The magic of Christmas should be with us always and we should strive to share it every day - even if it's only a smile shared with a stranger. I believe in magic....do you?