Growing up, Christmas was never a big deal for me. It wasn’t a magical wonderland, just a routine part of life. Granted, I had two immigrant parents who came from Peru and Peruvians don’t do it big like in America. Fast forward to becoming a parent, and suddenly, the magic of Christmas took me by surprise.
Christmas Without Sparkle
As a kid, Christmas felt ordinary. It was about decorations, gifts, and maybe a bit of excitement, but the enchantment? Not so much. It was just something that happened, a festive blip in the year. The magic everyone talked about? It was elusive, slipping through the cracks of my childhood. We didn’t have traditions, we didn’t have and elf, there was no Christmas themed events. We had the same fake tree for 25 years of my life. That’s all I knew and that was that.
Parenthood Unwraps the Magic
Then came the day I became a parent. Suddenly, Christmas transformed from a routine to a radiant spectacle. The magic, I discovered, wasn’t in the tinsel or the presents; it was in the sparkle of my children’s eyes. But I can’t 100% say it was the kids, it even started a year before that when I met my boyfriend (father of my kids). He grew up in all the Christmas magic and opened my eyes to the beauty of it all.
So, now, Christmas is about creating these magical moments for my children. From cutting down our own tree to tree lighting festivals, every little tradition is a chance to infuse wonder into their lives. The magic isn’t in the grand gestures but in the love we weave into each tradition. It’s about the joy of giving, the warmth of family, and the simple pleasure of being together.
I wish that everyone could find joy in Christmas, but I get you have to respect diverse perspectives. People’s feelings toward the holiday can be influenced by various factors, such as personal experiences, cultural background, or even individual preferences. Perhaps, by fostering an environment of understanding and inclusivity, we can create opportunities for people to discover new aspects of Christmas that resonate with them. After all, the magic of the season can unfold in unexpected ways, and everyone deserves the space to experience it on their terms. I hope.
The Ever-Evolving Magic of Christmas
So, in the grand scheme of things, Christmas is what you make of it. For me, it’s in the laughter of my kids, the warmth of family, and the joy of simple traditions. It’s a reminder that magic can be found in unexpected places, and sometimes, it just takes a change in perspective to see it. So here’s to the magic of Christmas, however you choose to embrace it. May it surprise you when you least expect it and warm your heart in the most unexpected ways.