Recapture the Magic of Christmas

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Every year I try to avoid the crazy stress of the the holidays and recapture the magic of Christmas. “Oh, sure,” you’re thinking. With the cards and the decorating, when do I have time? I have my moments when I am swept up and experience that wonderful feeling where anything is possible. You can too.

One year when I was a little kid, my dad drove us around the neighborhood on Christmas Eve. As we approached the top of the hill, he told my sister, Patty, and me that Santa Claus came early this year. I pressed my nose against the cold window and glimpsed Christmas lights twinkling behind our building. When he opened the apartment door, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Santa had come while we were away. Loads of presents lay under the tinseled tree. I never saw those Christmas lights behind our apartment again, but from that night on I knew Santa decorated his sleigh with Christmas lights. I believed.

Flash forward to fifth grade. Ms. Shavink introduced herself to our class and gave us a preview to the coming year including “Becoming a Person,” classes; Catholic sex-ed classes without the sex.

“How many of you still believe in Santa?” she asked. I sprang from my chair and looked around at only four other kids. The rest of the class laughed hysterically. To say that I was embarrassed would be logical, but I argued with my friends about the magic of Christmas during every recess until I ran home after school.

I asked my mom about it. “Of course, there’s no Santa Claus. I thought you knew.” I ate my afternoon snack in disbelief.  Magic had represented hope, possibilities, and miracles. The world seemed duller. Grayer. Less fun.

That was the worst Christmas ever.

I grew up.

I endured those non-sex-ed classes and learned all kinds of horrible things like I was going to bleed once a month, forever. It took me a while longer to find out how babies were made. I had a harder time believing that couples actually engaged in that sort of activity than Santa didn’t exist.

When I had my own children, I recaptured the magic of Christmas.

Remembering the colorful lights that night behind our apartment, I tossed as many strings of holiday lights as our trees could hold. Okay, so that’s not true since I literally threw them. But, our home made the top 10 list for Christmas lights several years running.

Danny and I owned a toy and school supply business in Denver so he would bring trash bags of gifts home on Christmas Eve. We would stay up until 4:00 AM wrapping them since that’s what his Santa Claus did. I still yawn just thinking about how I lost that argument, every year.

On Christmas morning, we made the kids sit on the stairs and wait until all the relatives were dressed. Then, after what must have seemed like a lifetime and with the camcorder rolling, we’d let them run in their footy pajamas to the tree. The joy on their faces reflected the magic was alive and well in the Lindau household.

The summer before fifth grade we had the sex talk with our children and let them down about Santa. They were wide eyed about sex but already knew about the jolly fellow. Kids these days.

That didn’t stop me from keeping the magic alive.

After taking a tour of Patsy Ramsey’s house on a holiday home tour, (yes, THE Patsy Ramsey), I discovered decorating could be taken up a huge notch. Read this post to find out how she ruined my life. After the tour, I made wreaths, swags and sashed out our entire home. I added lights to all the greenery to make the house twinkle from the inside out.

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Illustrating Christmas cards captures magic too. Have you seen what we are doing in some of these cards? That’s called artistic license. Creating something out of nothing more than paper and a felt tip is magical too. Especially for me, since I’m terrified before drawing them every year. I worry that I won’t be able to pull it off let alone get any likenesses of the family.

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Suspension of disbelief.

We have all experienced this while reading or watching movies. In Elf, I still get a rush when Buddy, Will Ferrell, shows his dad, James Caan, that Santa is real, alive, and well. When he rides in Santa’s sleigh over New Yorkers in Central Park, my heart always swells. I’m in the moment and believe.

Santa flies over New Yorkers

Imagine it, embrace it, believe in your dreams and you might be surprised.

Thing is, miracles do happen. I’m sure you have your stories. I have mine. There are times in our lives when we need to hold onto the hope of the farfetched, the unreachable, the impossible goal. Suspend disbelief. For a moment, magic will feel real to you too.

Every so often, when unpacking a garland or setting up my Christmas village, I am swept up into that giant hug of Christmas. I’m a kid again who believes in magic. Anything is possible. Instead of hoping for tons of gifts under the Christmas tree, I’m grateful for family who comes to share the holidays. I hope for continued health, dreams coming true, and many Christmas celebrations to come.

Sometimes we even jump for joy!

Christmas is a magical time of year. Don’t let it slip past you. Slow down and enjoy the moments.

When your heart swells, you’re filled with joy, or you feel like a little kid again, you will know that you have discovered magic this holiday season. You might have even suspended disbelief. Then, anything is possible.

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  1. Really nice post, and so helpful to remember. As a freelance writer for public and very politically correct universities I’m at their mercy not matter the time of year, with no mention made of any upcoming holiday, and so I’m now deep in a project and all I want to do is prepare my home and family and heart for Christmas! I need to remember that the work can wait just a little while. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I hope you receive the Christmas miracle of time, soon. I love the idea of preparing your heart. It’s so important to let go and open up to the magic. We never know where that will take us. Merry Christmas!

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  2. I don’t know why I read this when I hate Christmas. (Too many years in retail made me a bit of a grinch, I’m afraid.) I guess I’m just addicted to your posts? 💙

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    1. That made my day, Daya! Thank you for stopping by and Merry Christmas!
      It’s funny. I worked retail for years and miss it this time of year. The last time I was in the grocery store and they were super backed up, I really wanted to bag for people since I worked in one when I was in high school. Lol. They probably would have thrown me out! 🙂

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      1. I worked at Walmart in electronics one year, and the weekend before was so busy I’d literally finish with a customer and say, “Okay, who wants me next?” 😂 It was a ghost town on Christmas Eve, though. Maybe a few people picking up DVDs for stockings at the last minute or something, but that’s it.

        I think it’s the endless Christmas music that gets me. I don’t mind running register or helping people if I can’t hear the music for most of my eight hours!

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  3. The commercial aspect of Christmas can really ruin this holiday for me, but this year, I’m making a big effort to focus on the other good things about Christmas, and I will not deny Christmas to please those who think it’s no longer politically correct to mention it. I accept other cultures and their religions, so I expect them to do the same for me. This was a beautiful post, Susie. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Finding out the truth about the Santa myth is hard on children, but I don’t think any of us would want to miss “being lied to” as we grew up. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Thanks so much, Anneli!
      I’m glad you can relate. I LOVE your comment about others respecting ours. I’m over the PC aspect of Christmas too and wished everyone a Merry Christmas in my card instead of Happy Holidays.
      Merry Christmas to you! I hope it gives you a warm hug this year. 🙂

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  4. A terrific post…so many interesting aspects to the holiday season: the moment Santa goes from reality to inspiration, the holiday films that take us back to a simpler time, and of course, the family celebration!

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  5. “That didn’t stop me from keeping the magic alive” We all need to be determined and insist on merry! (And keep Christmas in our hearts all year long…planning extravaganzas and celebrating to the fullest takes time…and keeps you merry and sane-ish all year long!)

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    1. That is so true, Phil. It does take time and sometimes it seems like people don’t appreciate the effort, but we are better for it! After all, joy has to start at the source, our hearts, before we can spread it around. (((hugs)))

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  6. The scene you describe in the movie Elf is my very favourite. As soon as they start singing, “you better watch out”, I get a lump in my throat. The message to me is bigger than Santa, it is about just plain believing! Wish the Merriest Christmas Susie!

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  7. lovely post, not so nice with the kids laughing at you for believing. My son told me today that the real santa came to his school and he likes cola to be left out for him…something else to remember christmas eve.. lovely post, hope you have a lovely christmas.

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  8. You’re so right, Susie, we often get swept up in the goings on over the Christmas holidays and let them pass by without enjoying the moments. I, for one, won’t be on social media or in the world of blogging during Christmas 2018. I want to enjoy the whole experience with loved ones and family.
    Merry Christmas to Danny, you, and the family. ☃️

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    1. Thanks so much, Hugh!
      I hope to get some blog posts written ahead of the holidays. I have until Thursday when my mom flies out. We’ll see how it goes.
      It’s definitely a huge orchestrated event at my house, but I hope to delegate a little more this year. That way we, (I) can all participate in the joyfulness of the season!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family too, Hugh!!! (((hugs)))

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        1. I do the same thing. October is my goal next year. LOL!
          I just switched my dishes to the Christmas tree pattern and finished ordering online, I’ll take Roxy for a long run/walk and then head to bed for a long overdue winter’s nap. *yawn* At least we have over a week before Christmas!

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  9. I think we create the life we want and that includes Christmas. I have no young people but I treat the whole month of December as a holiday. Tree up early, friends over, Christmas craft (something I can mass produce). I do believe we can make it magical. If that is your house it is beautiful and the cards WOW. You are an artist!

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  10. Your house is absolutely gorgeous! I know that when I was little, my cousin told me Santa didn’t exist. That Christmas Eve, my father put on his heavy army boots, climbed on my cousin’s roof, rang sleigh bells, and “ho ho ho”ed until she believed again.
    Scott

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  11. I remember listening to the NORAD reports of Santa’s sleigh. I gave that joy to my son while he was growing up. And, even at 57, I still look up at the evening sky on Christmas Eve…looking…believing.

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  12. I still believe in Santa, Susie! My now adult kids might laugh at me, but all the decorations go up here, the Christmas movies and a batch of mince pies is just out the oven. If they don’t believe in the magic of Christmas, they’ll just have no stockings or pressies!! I love this post and your beautiful pics of your home. I have shared this on my PainPals blog regular feature “Monday Magic”, Happy Christmas, Claire x

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