As I write this, I’m inundated with what seems like endless advertising.” “Only ten shopping days ’til Christmas” I’m told by the news anchor! I’m reminded that store “A” is open at 6 am. Store “B” is open 24 hrs for my shopping convenience! My email is jammed with ads. Walmart will remain open on Christmas Eve! MasterCard, Visa, Discover card all pushing their promotions over,,,,,, and over,,,,,, and over! These are the times we live in. It seems that the meaning of Christmas is defined by sales projections and retail bottom lines. Is this what Christmas is all about? Have we lost the true meaning? Where’s the magic?
A number of years ago, our family chose to re-define our meaning of Christmas. We had fallen on harder times with unexpected expenses and Christmas gift-giving was not to be. We decided that rather than getting caught up in the hype of spending, we would make gifts for each other. To do this would require each of us to search our hearts in order to create a meaningful gift that would last a lifetime. The results were nothing short of amazing! It was our magic. To this day, it’s my best Christmas.
So Where is the magic? Sometimes you’ll find it in the strangest of places.
We have been under the weather for some time but now on the mend, we just need to get out of the coach so we ventured down the road to Tombstone for an afternoon out. Tucked away from the tourist town is an antique mall much like others that dot the state. But this one was much different. “Are you here to see Santa?” we were asked as we entered. “He’s in the back along with hot chocolate and cookies.” Slightly puzzled we wandered the store. And low and behold…
Kris Kringle himself!
With a twinkle in his eye, his rosey cheeks, and white beard, we watched the magic happen as a little girl shook with excitement gazing upon Santa. Is it possible that we found the magic of Christmas in an antique mall?
So the question still stands. Where’s the magic? Well, it’s there, you just have to look harder. It’s in the volunteer that rings the bell outside the grocery store. It’s in the Marine that collects and distributes the Toys for Tots. It’s in those who help serve the meals to the homeless or deliver them to the less fortunate. It’s in the antique store where one person is proof that the magic of Christmas does exist.
So yes, it’s that time of year and like it or not, the constant media assault will continue. Do yourself a favor and turn off CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Close the computer and forget about all the hype and look around you. Do you see it? Where’s your magic?
And just remember, He’s watching!
To our many friends across the country and our loving family, we wish you all a merry and magical Christmas!