Stopping The Magic Before It Starts

The holiday season is vastly approaching and tradition seems to be dying along with it.  What do I mean by this?  When I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated event of the year for me, and in some respects that tradition lives on to this day.

Like most kids I loved to walk into the living room on Christmas morning, seeing all the presents under the tree and just being in absolute awe at the plethora of gifts that await to be opened.  My parents did the best job they could to make mine and my three sister’s Christmases ones to remember and didn’t disappoint.

I might not have gotten everything I wanted, but I was damn happy to be fortunate enough to know “Santa” did his best.  That’s right, Santa.  My parents went along with the “Big Lie” till I was about 9 or 10 and my youngest sister till she reached that same age years later.  Although I was shocked at my age, it didn’t put a damper on my childhood.  I appreciated the effort by my parents to keep that childhood innocence alive and well guarded for so many years.

Nowadays I see parents don’t even try to keep that sense of joy alive.  Today’s kids are barely out of diapers before they know that Santa Claus is a myth and it’s their parents that have done all the work.  While people are entitled to do as they please, I just feel like taking that magic out of Christmas so early is just so unnecessary.  The holidays are all about believing in miracles, enjoying time with family and with kids believing in something magical.

Working in retail, it infuriates me to see young kids go Christmas shopping with their parents for THEIR PRESENTS!  What the hell is the point?  I remember my first week on the job years ago, some woman screamed at me because her kid saw her Christmas gift at the checkout line because I didn’t put the toy in the bag fast enough.  I’m sorry, but what did you think your kid was gonna be, temporarily blind for the hour you went shopping for her gift?

Ever since then it’s dawned on me that the spirit of the holidays is being replaced by greed and that the magic of Christmas is dying slowly.  We just continue to want and want and want, and to hell whatever true happiness it costs us.  The true meaning of Christmas overall isn’t measured in gifts, but the time one spends with their loved ones.  If we continue to lose these ideals, we will loose sight of everything important.

Keep the spirit of Christmas alive, tell you’re kids Santa exists, and don’t bring them shopping with you.  I can promise you, when I eventually have a family I will adhere to traditions and encourage my children to believe that magic, if just for one day, can happen.