When my kids were small one of their favorite Christmas stories was The Polar Express. The ending always touched me as I read.... "Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe."
This year I so truly believed in the magic of Christmas. It began with a forced effort. I consciously focused on all the people and things I am so grateful for in my life. I tried and succeeded, finding much Joy in each of our yearly traditions and I focused to find relaxation in tasks that usually caused stress. I started each day of the season, trying my best to concentrate on being the BEST I could be as a Mother, a wife, a friend, a relative, a citizen, a hairstylist and a house-guest. The pay-off for all my concentrated efforts was astounding. I really had one of THE happiest Christmases of all time!
After a fun Christmas eve with loved ones at my sister-in-laws, we spent hours at home after midnight, just laughing and talking with our kids. They are so fun and so funny and they also were in the most festive of spirits! (hmmm could it be true? when mama is happy~ EVERYONE is happy?! I think it must be true!)
Before we turned in, The kids received their traditional Christmas eve pajama gifts that I had done away with last year, due to them being spiritless sourpusses! They goofed about that and goofed around further with each other like they used to do when they were small (and goofy), back then wrestling all over the floor was a daily occurrence. ( This year, I am sure the alcohol had a lot to do with getting so goofy, but so what?!)
Christmas day was a relaxing day at home, with the laughter continuing throughout the day. Our friends and our children's friends joined us for dinner, games and Guitar hero world tour! One game we enjoyed playing this year that also brought lots of fun laughs Christmas eve and day was
"left center right". A dice game that we bet dollars on. Then, We had so much fun and so many laughs pretending to be rock stars with this guitar hero my son got as a gift! I have never been to a Karaoke bar, but sure made up for lost time last night right in my living room! As all the kids here took turns on guitars, drums and vocals, I got into the act by singing my voice to the raspy-ness it is today! (i've always been a wannabe singer!)
The camaraderie and enjoyment is so apparent in all the pictures that were taken on the eve and the day and I loved it when a relative I emailed them to commented about how much the happiness showed in the photos.
Believing in the magic of this special time of year, and pushing away the lonely, sentimental blues that always seems to haunt me during Christmas time, gave me a magical holiday and I just don't want it to end! You know what? It doesn't really have to end, does it? Attitude I believe, is truly everything! By remembering to greet each day with the same positive attitude that I willed myself to acquire and reminding myself that the gift of living life each day to it's fullest IS pure magic, Then The magic and special spirit I felt this Christmas CAN continue, hopefully effortlessly, throughout my lifetime. I truly believe we all have it in us to create our own magical happiness and help infect those around us with the same magic! This new year I hope this magic rings true for you and you truly believe that together we can generate an epidemic!
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