Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
Only children believe in the magic of Christmas. By the time you get to adulthood, you have to give up looking at life, or Christmas, that way. Right?
That's a sort of unspoken, but long understood belief, and it's so ingrained, you may never have thought much about it as an adult, instead thinking about the time when your children stopped believing.
But is it really wrong, crazy, ridiculous, absurd or unheard of to be an adult who embraces the magic of Christmas? Let's take a closer look...
Believe in the Magic of Christmas
It’s okay to believe in the magic of Christmas, even if you don’t expect to see Santa as he exits your fireplace. In fact, it’s important to believe in the magic of Christmas.
Not instead of your spiritual beliefs, but in addition to them.
Maintaining your faith can be no easy task, at times. Being determined to still see good, to hang on to hope, to aim for what you hope will happen in your life and the lives of others.
It takes both faith and courage.
But in my opinion, it takes one more thing. And that one more thing is the reason why I believe it’s perfectly okay to believe in the magic of Christmas.
And it's not only okay, but a really good idea.
Because what you need in addition to faith and courage is an open heart. And I see the magic of Christmas open hearts year after year after year.
It’s one of the reasons I wish we could have Christmas all year long.
During the holiday season, somehow, without doing so consciously, we give ourselves permission to do something so big, it’s a wonder it doesn’t revolutionize the world. If we could harness it, it would. We give our hearts permission to open.
And if that’s not magic, I don't know what is.
I find that the magic of an open heart strengthens faith, rather than opposing it.
So no matter what faith tradition you belong to, it’s time to let go of the idea that because you’re a grown up, you can no longer believe in the magic of Christmas. Part of you is already doing it, behind your back, so to speak.
So if you actually choose it consciously, just think how much more your heart will open this year.
7 Ideas for Experiencing the Magic of Christmas All Year Long
(1) One day a month, send a Christmas card to someone you love. You could even buy or make a quarter Christmas gift.
(2) One day a month, watch a Christmas movie. You could even save some new ones from the holiday season, so that they will be new to you when you watch them.
(3) Have a quarter Christmas celebration in the spring, and invite friends over to watch a classic Christmas movie, like Miracle on 34th St., or White Christmas.
(4) Buy a Christmas cookbook, like the Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook, and cook one of the dinner recipes each month for your family. Get everyone to wear red that night, and light a candle.
(5) Choose a favorite carol or hymn and whenever you feel particularly heart-open-happy during this season, hum it. Then, throughout the year, when you need a magic heart-opener moment, sing it.
(6) During the summer, when Hallmark releases their Christmas in July movies, take out one decoration (maybe a small countertop tree?) and one candle, and light the candle every time you watch one of the movies.
(7) Around the end of September - one month away from the start of the Christmas movie season - have another quarter Christmas celebration. Invite your friends over for a tea party. Bake (or buy) an apple dessert and serve it with a cinnamon and vanilla tea.
Do any of these ideas appeal to you? Or maybe they inspired other ideas you would like to try? Tell me in a comment.
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, hygge lifestyle blogger & connoisseur of delight writing about how to create a hygge lifestyle, with hearthcraft, comfy capsule wardrobe tips and cozy home decorating ideas. More here.