Christmas Through Their Eyes
"Bah Humbug"! Famous words heard by so many. But these words are spoke by an adult. You won't hear these words coming from a child's mouth. And why is that? Because children have a childlike faith that is hard for us as adults to grab hold of. We did, at one time, have that in each of us, sadly we grow up and see the world with different eyes. Eyes that have seen life as it truly is.
I have a 4 year old grandson that came to my house the other day and I lit the Christmas tree for him for the first time for his eyes to see. He just stood there and the wonder in his eyes brought tears to mine. He looked at me and said, "That's awesome Grandma!" Oh to have that wonder again. It was as if it was the most wonderful thing he had ever saw. And I am sure at this point in his little life it is.
Children and their innocent beliefs is amazing. They want to see everything. Little boys and girls alike counting down to the big day. They are not afraid to show their excitement, their joy, it is written all over their faces. This time of year is when we really witness their awe that we as adults miss. We have become so distrustful, stressed out, irritated , frustrated and so busy that we miss the wonder and beauty of this most special season of the year. It is unfortunate that we have lost that childlike faith that lets our hearts and our eyes see through, and behind, all the hustle and bustle. I heard someone say just yesterday, " I will be so glad when Christmas is over." I asked why. "Because I am sick of all the Christmas music." Wow! Music that conveys so much promise, so much joy and so much love. Have we become so jaded that we miss out on the awe and wonder of the beautiful things of this world? I guess the answer to that is yes.
Even I, who loves this time of year, look at my grandson and think, I want to see Christmas as he does. I want to not let the worries of this world get me down. To just have that pure childlike faith that comes from innocence and a trusting heart. An innocence that doesn't know the negative, that allows us to see the real beauty in Christmas, in people, in life, in love.
To see the pure joy and wonder in a child's eyes is to see a little piece of Heaven. I believe in Christmas miracles and, silly as it may sound, I still believe I Santa Claus. Whose to say there is not, seriously. And when all is said and done it really all comes down to the real spirit of Christmas, that is Santa Claus, that is miracles, that is the belief that yes there is something very special about this time time of year. Something that moves inside of us that gives us that extra hope and a feeling that many of us cannot explain. I believe it's that childlike innocence trying to fight it's way back up to spread in our spirit and show in our eyes. And if we could just push away the layers of muck that life has covered us with, we would find there a treasure, a renewal of faith, a special delight that we would would want to hold on to and never let go. A treasure that we could carry with us each and every day of the year, because each day is indeed a gift.
So this Christmas when you are feeling bombarded by the worries of this world, look into the eyes of your little ones, watch as they enjoy the true spirit of Christmas. Just let yourself for a few moments get lost in their joy and remember it's not the gifts, or the giving or receiving, it's not the tinsel, not even the Christmas carols, it is the beauty of the spirit that God placed in us that makes this season so special. And when you look in those little eyes it is that trusting, innocent, joy filled spirit that you see.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!