We always talk about the “magic” of Christmas. It’s inexplicable how we’re affected by the Spirit of the Season. Augusta Rundel described Christmas as:
“that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”
Yes, it’s about the Christmas tree, the sparkle in all of our eyes, and the gifting feel… but there’s something much more basic in the sentiments we all feel (and, hopefully, that which we express to one another).
Norman Vincent Peale says:
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
Something in the shimmer and glow also seems even more poignant because it’s a time for children.
In Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson wrote:
“There is something about Christmas that requires a rug rat. Little kids make Christmas fun. I wonder if could rent one for the holidays. When I was tiny we would by a real tree and stay up late drinking hot chocolate and finding just the right place for the special decorations. It seems like my parents gave up the magic when I figured out the Santa lie. Maybe I shouldn’t have told them I knew where the presents really came from. It broke their hearts.”