There is something truly magical about this time of year. For those of you who know me well, I have been choosing a word a month since about February. I use this word to guide me through the month. I also pick a word for the year or theme, and even do some word brainstorming for the season. I have found a great sense of peace, reminding, transformation, and joy out of going through the process of picking a word and having it around the house.
This month, my word is magic.
Why? Because there is so much more to this season, this month, this time leading up to the holiday if you believe....believe in the magic of Christmas.
I know, in the hustle and bustle of the month, as an adult, it can get hard to sometimes see the magic. Sometimes it's hard to slow down. But usually when we slow down, when we pause, we become present. We become more aware, and not only can we see the magic, but we can feel it too.
All to often as we get older, we loose sight of that. Having kids or being around kids can bring that back. I love watching this time of year through my kids' eyes.
You can really see the joy, the peace, the hope, the light in the season if you take a look around you, listen, and let yourself be in the moment.
The beauty of this magic is that it doesn't have to go away after Christmas has wrapped up. It doesn't have to go away as we get older.
We can carry this magic throughout our lives, year after year.
I see the magic of Christmas
- in the eyes of my children
- catching snowflakes on our tongues
- looking at twinkle lights
- advent devotionals
- lighting candles
- learning the Christmas story
- finding special gifts to share with others
- sharing our own gifts and talents with others
- a simple smile
- hot chocolate or coffee or tea
Where do you see the magic? If you are having a hard time believing in the magic of Christmas, what can you set aside, what can you change that will open your eyes and heart to it?
Christmas, believing, magic are not just something that is in the month of December. Let's try carrying it on in to the new year, the next seasons.
I hope you can find a way to see the magic, to believe in it, to feel it, hear it, and share it.