Believe and the Magic of Christmas

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Disney's It's A Small World At Christmas
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What happened to those who believe in the magic of Christmas? The ones who thought Christmas was about making a difference.

As a child, we believed in anything. We believed in Santa and we believed what we heard. We become adults. The world changes us. We become cynical and anxious. We worry. We lose faith and we forget the magic of Christmas.

What happened? Is Christmas losing its magic?

Remember when there was a time, Christmas was expressed with peace and joy? Today, there is a movement to remove the word "Christmas" and replace it with "Holiday".

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Saying Happy Holidays is now considered politically correct. Don't want to offend anyone, so don't say Christmas. Many want to remove the signs in the stores and the religious figures that illustrate Christmas. Little by little, the world is taking "Christ" out of Christmas.

If they consider the signature of Christmas, they might be filled with wonder over the birth of a baby born in a stable over two thousand years ago.

The Grinch and The Scrooge

Remember the Grinch Who Stole Christmas ? A Dr. Seuss character based on make-believe who did everything in his power to remove celebrations, the Grinch was an unhappy character. He steals all the Christmas decorations and presents from the people of Whoville. We hear the chants, "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch."

Yet deep inside him, there is a heart that desires to be loved.

Then there is the classical story by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is where we find the unlikable Ebenezer Scrooge who didn't want any part of Christmas. At the beginning we find Scrooge as a cold-hearted, greedy and selfish man. He doesn't care about the people who works for him and cares less about anything Christmas. We hear his words even today, "bah-humbug".

We watch Scrooge go through several transformations before his heart is changed.

Both of these stories end with the ultimate acceptance of Christmas, while the characters are transformed in the process.

What can we learn from the Grinch? What does Ebenezer Scrooge teach us?

Magic is in the air

The power of greed, the lure of lust, and the temptations that people face everyday tries to steal the ingredients that strengthen the magic of Christmas.

There is a magical element to Christmas. It fills the air during the season. Like magic dust falling in snow covered fields, the magic of Christmas appears.

Camouflaged as snowflakes, the magic happens in a white Christmas. There is something so sparkling and so inspiring when the snowflakes glisten in the moonlight. They sparkle like gems in untouched blankets of snow.

Finding the Magic at Christmas

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Believe and The Polar Express

There is a reason for the season. It is more than the commercialism and materialism that people are seeking.

Take all the material things out of this world and what is left? People and relationships. People and the land. Yet we still live in a material world. We are consumed by the power of consumption.

Having what we want and when we want it. We have more than we need. Some give it away, some sell it and some just want more.

Remember the movie, The Polar Express? This young boy wants to believe in Santa but he has lost the magic. He rides the Polar Express train to the North Pole. He meets the man in the red suit but he still can't hear the sound of the bell.

He doesn't believe. How often do we fail to hear those bells? Those bells of Christmas that are sounded in the giving of the season. The bells of Christmas that are heard in the laughter of those gathering. We take so much for granted and even more during Christmas.

We are running our errands. Making our Christmas lists. Shopping trips, holiday parties, and other activities keep us busy. We become stressed out and irritable. Instead of enjoying the season, we are worried and anxious.

Where are you Christmas

What can we learn from the Grinch?

Through Grinch, we learn the power of love.

This love transforms even the most heartless individuals because love is more powerful than hate.

Like Grinch, sometimes we are so hurt from our past, that we put up large gates around our hearts to protect us. We don't want to feel anything. We turn people away.

Using cynicism and hateful comments, we push people out of our lives. We are miserable and we want others to feel the same, but if someone breaks through that gate, then the ice begins to melt.

If someone can love us unconditionally and without failing, we begin to change. We stop feeling so alone because someone else truly cares. That is when the Grinch inside develops the heart of gold.

Put a little love in your heart

What does Ebinezer Scrooge teach us?

Ebinezer learns to let go of his demons. He changes things by changing himself. He makes a difference in the world around him by demonstrating a caring attitude.

This doesn't happen right away and like Scrooge, sometimes we need our attitudes readjusted. Sometimes we have to go through character building situations in order for us to see who we really are.

A mirror is put up in front of us and we begin to see the ugliness in our hearts. We are horrified by what our future might look like if things don't change. So we decide to face our past and make a change to the present. We become better human beings because we believe in the magic. Scrooge saw his ghosts and he was transformed.

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Believe in the magic of Christmas

Discovering the magic of Christmas can be found in the music of the season. Finding inspiration during the season can be found in the Holiday Movies that are released. There is magic in the season.

Watch those moving episodes of television inspired characters during Christmas. Most shows will illustrate the joy and peace found during the season.

Revealing the transformation of Grinches and Scrooges into caring individuals, these stories emphasize, there is magic in the air.

As a child, there is an excitement and anticipation with Christmas. For a child to believe that a far, distant man who knows us so well and brings us presents for no reason except that we are good children, is something fascinating. A child's mind is filled with imagination. They believe in almost anything. To lose the magic of Christmas is lose that child-like quality of innocence. It's a special feeling, a feeling of love that is so magical it penetrates even the hardest of hearts.

This is the power of Christmas. The magical belief in something bigger than ourselves.

Something working the behind the scenes to create goodness and give us a deep sense of joy. This is the season of giving.

To believe in this magic is to let it soak up in your soul. It is the Christmas spirit.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

The feeling and belief of Christmas is such a tender thing. My son believes still. I know this will be his last year as he is eight now. As I listen to him and see the sparkle in his eyes, I capture that innocent awe again. This is the time we celebrate the birth of Christ and the redemption he made possible. That takes my breath away. I love this season and stay far away from what Satan has transformed it into. On Christmas morning when my child has huge eyes and an amazed look I remember the reason we do this and the gifts of the magi become real for me too. Thank you FaithDream for the nudge.


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yusefblack 5 years ago

Hey faithdream, nice job, well written. I used to enjoy christmas so much, still do,preparing for it, tremendous decorations everywhere, the tree... believing! But what about the kids who aren't Christian, do they have to convert to feel a part of this? I think it's a strange concept that we have built up, divisive in a way, that only some people are a part, and honestly I doubt it's something Christ would want. If "Happy Holidays" is going to bring more people together, then I'm ok with it.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thank you Hyphenbird for your genuine comments. I love Christmas and the season especially why we celebrate it in the first place. I remember when my children were young, seeing the look in their eyes Christmas morning was always the best gift. It is in such innocence of the child's belief that the magic of Christmas comes back each year.

Thank you for sharing your comments. Always appreciated.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thank you yusefblack for sharing your thoughts and comments. You raise a good question in your comments. About the children who are not raised as Christians and whether they have to convert to be a part of it.

I don't think that is the case at all. Children learn what they are taught. I believe celebrating Christmas can still be an important part in an unbelievers life. If a person doesn't accept Jesus as the messiah, that is thier choice. It is my belief that God works on the heart of every man and woman. Some people are offended by the Happy Holidays term because they believe it removes the real message behind Christmas;the reason why Christians around the world celebrate in the birth of thier Savior.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and raising such a good question.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

My 9 year old grandson said ' I don't believe in fairies, do you?' I said no, 'but I believe in Father Christmas, do you?' I said yes, I was so pleased he still believed. It's Father Christmas and the celebrations that makes Christmas so much fun, but it is the reason we celebrate, the birth of Jesus that makes it so special.

Thank you for sharing a lovely hub and voted up


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks Movie Master for your inspiring comments. The spirit of Christmas found in those young ones inspire me everytime.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks for pouring your heart out in this article.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks for commenting Rev.. you are so sweet.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

Very well written and uplifting. Sure glad I found your hubs. Voted up and beautiful.

blessings to you and yours this sacred time of year...


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks for reading and commenting samsons1. Blessings to you and yours as well.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Your use of the storybook and movie characters in helping others to understand Christmas is good and helps to bring out the reality of what it all means. Good topic and very enjoyable.


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FaithDream 4 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks teaches, I appreciate your comments. The beauty of Christmas really shines in many of these traditional movies. I tend to watch them over and over during the Christmas season.

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