I love Christmas. I truly love everything about it. I love the tree, the baking, the music, the decorating, the gifting. I really have always enjoyed this time of year, but this year, something is different. We have a preschooler who is old enough now to be really into Christmas, but young enough to be untouched by any outside cynicism. His innocence is pure joy and it’s infectious. The spirit of Christmas is alive in our home. And it’s wonderful.
It actually feels at times like we live with an elf. I don’t know how else to put it. My three and a half year old is an elf. The amount of Christmas spirit this kid embodies is astounding. Even by my estimation, and I start listening to Christmas music around Halloween. His excitement for the season brims over throughout the day. Christmas carols can be heard pretty much at all waking hours and even when he is supposed to be sleeping. You can walk by the door to his room and hear “Jingle Bells” most every morning. And when we are out and about in the world, he greets his fellow humans with a hearty “Happy Holidays!” “Happy Kwanza!” Or “Happy Harmonica!” He is equally excited for ALL holidays. It is all joy to him.
Being around this amazing child is a constant reminder of the good that is inately in people. He is a human reminder of the joy and wonder that lives inside us, somewhere. I am infinitely lucky. I get to remember the wonder and feel his joy every day. It becomes my own. My child makes me believe in the good of man. He makes me believe in Magic and, of course, Santa Claus. It is such a gift to see the season through his eyes. A gift I want to never end.
My wish for you this Holiday Season, is to see Joy, through a child’s eyes. Allow yourself to believe in the good of mankind. Let yourself believe in the impossible. Remember, believing is seeing. I am sure I sound like a broken record. But I am the luckiest mommy in the whole world. I believe it. So it is so. In the words of Nancy Tillman,
Your tree may be large as the room will allow
With a big yellow star on the upper most bough
But of one thing I’m certain, I’m sure of one thing,
It is LOVE that makes the angels sing.
Thank you, my little O, for showing me what Christmas is made of. And for making the angels sing. Oh how they sing! Happy Holidays Everyone!
Until next time, thanks for reading. And remember, behind every great kid is a mom who is pretty sure she is screwing it up. Joyous Noel! Xo