Day #12 The Magic Of Christmas Is Lost
There is nothing more disappointing to the holiday season than the losing of the magic of the holiday season. The magic seems to have vanished as the gifts, toys, and electronics have invaded the season. It is something in my life that I only got to experience a few times but those time are vivid in my memory. So I mourn the loss of the magic of Christmas.
As we have begun having more and more of everything, the magic of the holidays has disappeared. There used to be a time when the holiday season seemed as amazing as a snow covered field lit by the light if the stars. You could see the magic in the kids eyes as you walked through stores or schools. The kids were alive with chatter about what Santa might bring or what Santa hopefully didn’t see this year. Now with the internet, cable, and a connected society that magic is gone. Kids know from very early ages that Santa is not real. It is easy for them to figure out because of the number of advertisements which all but spell it out. There no longer is the waiting for holiday specials to come on TV because you just pull them up on Netflix. Lights are everywhere so cities don’t find it necessary to decorate the light poles and street signs. All that our generation once believed to be part of the holiday season is gone.
Unfortunately, we are the ones who pushed it out. Our focus on getting more and better things for our family created an all consuming monster that we call the holidays. Instead of watching Charlie Brown find his magical little tree at 7:00 pm on channel 3, we go to the store and just buy a replica of the same tree for $80.00. Frosty and Rudolph are now just representations of a time that has past, where innocence was precious and protected but now is tossed aside as an inconvenience. Now in our world we push our kids to grow up and become adult like from the time they are potty trained. We schedule them and keep them in activities all the time. They don’t know what Christmas magic is because they don’t have the imagination that comes with playing outside with two sticks and a rock pretending you are making Frosty. We have robbed our kids on an experience that we took for granted. One that our parents worked hard to provide for us and in turn we thought we were providing for them.
For me this is the biggest disappointment to know that my kids will never get to feel the flutter of wonder as they close their eyes on Christmas eve. Instead they pull up an app and google funny dog stunts. This is the biggest reason I absolutely cannot stand the holiday season. There were certain things that I wanted for my kids and one of them was to have holidays that were special and meant something. They may get a few of the presents they wanted, but they knew that the holidays were more than toys and gadgets. The holidays are about family and what that means. What we have created is a familial nightmare. They would rather text than talk, face-time, than walk down the street to their friends house. And believe in Santa Clause, maybe when they were 3. The magic of Christmas is lost and will never again be found.