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Christmastime is Here

By Christy Riggs

Published December 22, 2022 in The Burg


Christmas ~ It’s the most magical, wonderful time of year. What comes to mind when you hear phrases such as “the magic of Christmas”, or “Santa’s coming!” or anything else Christmas related? Are you the type to deck the halls, your yard, your car and wear the typical Christmas gear starting in November? Or maybe the Christmas season is so stressful it’s comparable to DEFCON 5. Perhaps you’re somewhere in between. Factually speaking, your excitement (or panic) level depends on your age:


CHILDREN:

As children, all of us believed in Santa. Everything is so innocent. We watch Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (my personal fave) and Charlie Brown’s Christmas while decorating the tree and stuff ourselves with cookies. We make our wish lists and send letters to Santa. If we were lucky enough, we got to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what we wanted in person. On Christmas Eve we put our “magic” reindeer food out and tried to stay up late hoping to get a glimpse of the big man in red leaving gifts under the tree. [I tried that many times without success - darn it! However, he always ate the milk and cookies my sister and I left out].

However, with time, innocence is replaced by skepticism. We lose our sense of belief in the magic of the season…


ADULT:

Life. It happens. Sometimes it hits hard and we lose our sense of belief in the magic of it all. We doubt and lose the ability to hear that silver bell which is what the WONDERFUL movie “The Polar Express” is all about. [If you haven’t seen this movie? You’re missing out on one of the best Christmas movies ever!] After all, “the wonder of life never fades for those who believe”, right?

Everyone, young and old, deserves to hold onto the magic of Christmas, and there is zero harm in doing so. In fact, it adds energy and quality to this celebratory season of hope, joy and togetherness.

If I haven’t yet convinced you to let go at least a little and embrace the magic of the season? These quotes may do the trick:

Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more. - Dr. Seuss

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ―Hamilton Wright Mabie

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. – Buddy the Elf

Just Remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart. — Santa, The Polar Express

Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it. You feel it. You know it. You believe it. - Kevin Alan Milne

Seeing is believing, but, sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. — The Conductor, The Polar Express

Nothing seems to bring people together like Christmas. - Steven Dodrill

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. - Don Meredith.

I believe. - Chris, The Polar Express

I sincerely hope all The Burg readers can hear that silver bell this Christmas season; and I also hope Santa is good to you all. Believe. Believe in the magic…

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