Believe and the Magic of Christmas
It's a Small World
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?
Finding the Magic at Christmas
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.
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.
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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