I believe in the spirit of Christmas. I believe in Santa Claus. Truman Capote once said, “Of course there is a Santa Claus. It’s just that no single somebody could do all he has to do. So the Lord has spread the task among us all. That’s why everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are.”
This Holiday season is the first in years where I am finding pure joy in everything it encompasses. The tree and decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas music is playing daily, and my kids and I have been singing and dancing to every song. We search for Christmas movies to watch, have seen the big man two times by December 1, and even met one of his elves and a reindeer. My heart is so full of happiness, and I am hopeful that I will, if not this year, soon experience my own Christmas miracle.
Santa Claus appearing in my town granting my Christmas wish may not happen. He may not send an elf to make sure a handsome man and I bump in to each other ordering coffee in our local coffee shop. If I run into Candace Cameron Bure or Lacey Chabert, that would be a sign a miracle is 100% going to happen! To be honest, watching Hallmark Christmas movie used to be so depressing for me. I was one step away from throwing things at the television, yelling LIARS from the top of my lunges. However, my belief in miracles, Santa Claus, and true happiness are more alive than ever before.
Dreaming in love and dreaming in a business or new home are two completely different things. I can put a business plan together to make my dream come true, and I can save my money to achieve my dream of buying a home. But I can’t do anything to achieve my dream of a Christmas miracle. All I have is my belief in a miracle. Keeping that belief alive in my heart is the one tangible thing I can do.
Seeing and believing in the miracle of Christmas is not something I am used to. For years I have been described as a Scrooge or Grinch of Christmas. The holidays brought pain and sadness to my heart. I didn’t have the spirit and really never thought I would. This time of year is so difficult for many; it is a dark time for many. I am hoping and praying that those people can soon find a way to bring some light into their lives and are able see the magic again one day like I have.
I created the magic in my life by beginning new traditions with my family, letting go of my pain, and by slowing down. Now, every time I look at our Christmas tree filled with ornaments from my childhood and my parents 43 years of being together, I see magic. I see magic every time my son looks at the tree, and I see magic in our small town decorated with Christmas joy. Yes, I also see the magic in the movies playing on the Hallmark channel. We watch them as a family every Saturday and Sunday night with popcorn and other snacks. The magic of Christmas is everywhere; you will see it if you just stop and look.