The Magic of the Season, where is it?
The Magic of the Season: One of my traditions is watching a holiday movie every day – Thanksgiving through Christmas.
A favorite of mine is ‘Santa Claus’ with Tim Allen as a single dad named Scott. After Santa falls off Scott’s roof on Christmas Eve, Scott gets saddled with the job, and he and his son end up at the North Pole having their minds blown. Scott shares his feelings with a sympathetic elf named Judy… “I– I see it, but I don’t believe it”. The elf replies… “seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing”.
I know it’s a kid’s movie, but I take this sentiment very much to heart. I believe in the magic of the season. I look for that magic in the places and people around me. Sometimes it’s right in front of me, sometimes I have to look a little harder. When I’m at the mall taking my walk and everyone is rushing about not looking, I can feel dragged down. I sense that many have lost touch with the true meaning of the Season. When they bump into me and just keep walking, I feel sad.
Yesterday as I was leaving the mall, a couple with an infant in a stroller held the door for me. Seriously! With a baby in a stroller they both took the time to hold the door. We both wished each other a Merry Christmas, and as they continued on to their car I paused. I felt lighter and was reminded that this is the magic! The kindness.
In my favorite line from ‘The Grinch’ by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch finally gets the true meaning of Christmas: “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”
Just like the Grinch, in that moment I was reminded that the season at its best is the expression of the magic of kindness coming from within me. I try to give the magic by using my words and actions to express this feeling of kindness. I always do my best to see the goodness in everyone. May all of us have an experience of this magic!
Big Hugs and Much Love,