Here's a riddle; Some of us have 1, some have WAY more than that, and others don't have any, but each of us have been one.
Day 5 is about children, and Christmas through their eyes. Christmas is never more magical than when it is through the eyes of a child. Whether with or without the guise of Santa (read HERE for my take on Santa) a child sees Christmas differently than an adult. The tree, whether it was carefully selected out of what seem like millions of perfect trees in the forest after several nose numbing hours of searching or it was yanked out of the basement in a cardboard box and snapped together in under 60 seconds; a child's perspective of a tree is different, it is the hub of the holidays. If given the opportunity, look at a child's face when the tree is lit for the first time, their eyes get bigger, their jaw drops a little and you can almost hear their heart beat faster. It is magical. The gifts that seem to appear out of nowhere, tucked neatly underneath the glowing tree and wondrous decorations that to you and I, are plastic and metal but to them....almost have a life of their own.
As a child I would look forward to Christmas for the family gatherings, food, festivities and well, ya...the presents! I would count down the weeks, then days and savour the 2 weeks off of school to enjoy the holidays. As an adult, it's an expensive holiday and there are many things to buy and do and darn it, I don't get Christmas Break! It's not the same.
Today, day 5 is about enjoying Christmas as if through the eyes of a child. Appreciate the little things and try to see the magic in them even if, like me, you know better.
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." ~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby
Until next time.