As a special time so close to Christmas, I wanted to break away from the business articles for a time to share one of my favorite Christmas stories:
I believe in the magic of Christmas and the holiday season.
I believe in a mythical Santa Claus figure who enlivens the spirit—who excites and generates incredible joy in millions of children for months on end, leading up to that special morning.
I believe in big, beautiful, drifting snowflakes and hot chocolate, cozy fires, and the twinkle of holiday lights on a cold, clear night.
I believe in the Hallmark Channel’s movies about Christmas that start airing around Thanksgiving, with loads of happy endings so heart-opening and heart-filling, they bring a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye.
I believe in radio stations that play nonstop Christmas music; I listen to them until they return to normal programming on New Year’s Day.
I believe in all these things because of the indescribable way they make me feel. It’s the inexplicable way that year after year, these simple treasures and traditions break my heart wide open….
Arguments may abound on the meaning of the season, the tensions among commercialization and religion and so forth—I can understand and appreciate them all.
However, my humble request to you remains: Allow yourself to get lost in the feelings of this season and its traditions. For there, my friends, is where the magic lies.
Let the small experiences like those I described above carry you throughout this joyous season….
(NOTE: Story from ‘The Love and Light of Christmas’ Unity Advent 2017 booklet)