Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Christmas Wish.....For My Children and Yours..

I have been thinking about this for a few weeks now. As I tried to enjoy the Halloween season I was bowled over by slasher and blood letting movies! I had a very hard time finding sweet ones like Hocus Pocus, Peanuts, Practical Magic! I really have no interest in seeing one more Zombie. Ackkkkk! I started paying attention to the commercials. I have noticed a sweeter lean to the whole thing this year. So what is my wish? That they stay that way.

My oldest child is 29 and my youngest is 6. My wish for her is this. That she be allowed to enjoy the magic of Christmas and Santa and all the delightful fun that goes along with the season..just like her older sisters and brother have. That the advertising world can wake up and NOT include commercials & programing that discuss stocking stuffers, bad Santas, evil, immoral holiday elves, slasher Santas and so many commercials that make it clear that Santa is non existent! These infuriate me..and break my heart! Our younger kiddos deserve the same sweet magic that we enjoyed.

Do you remember the magic of those weeks and days before Christmas..wishing and wondering and feeling the thrill of all that magic in the air! Would the animals speak on Christmas Eve..are elves watching..would I hear the reindeer's hooves..would he eat my cookies? Oh the joy of it all!

As a teacher for many years and a Mom for more..this is what I think about the magic of Santa. You can agree or not..but here it is. The magic of Santa is not that he is real in the touchable is that he allows us for a season to be the best that we can be. He allows for one short month the chance for our children to believe in delightful, magical fun. He gives us a reason to treat others with love an grace. To give for the joy of giving and ignore other's circumstances. This magical season offers that lesson to our children also! For us to remember the joy of being young and try to create that for our own children and other children we know. That magic is really possible if we just offer it up. I for one love Santa and all he brings to the season!

So...for all the commercialism and nasty commercials and programing..I am calling for a stop. Bring back just one time of the year that is all about love and giving and the spirit of the season no matter your belief system. That is my Christmas Wish for my children and yours. Maybe with enough of us wishing and acting...we can breathe some true holiday spirit back into this wonderful season.

I for one will be turning off the TV if this season becomes like last year we will rent things to watch. I will be writing the Networks & companies to complain. I am working on keeping the holidays homemade and sweet. Not to say we will not purchase gifts..I might get a revolt if not..but less so than in previous years. I want to take our season back to what I remember as a, love and the magical joy of the season!

Happy Holidays all!
Love, Sarah


Faerie Moon Creations said...

This is such a beautiful post! And so very true. Christmas is such a magical time. It was for me, and still is. Have you seen the movie "Elf" - I think it holds true to the holiday spirit. And all the wonderful Rankin Bass holiday classics. And "It's a Wonderful Life" tears me up EVERY time. Sometimes you have to make your own magic - but it can be done. Theresa

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A worthy goal! But you're right -- the only way to do it is to turn off the TV. Rent the wonderful movies and specials instead.

Jeanne said...

Great Post!!! And I whole-heartedly agree. All children deserve to experience the magic of any holiday. And the only way to do that is to "disconnect".

Tammie said...

I don't have a tv, so I had no idea. Still I am not surprised. May all your days be filled with joy and magic.

Cynthia Pittmann said...

I agree with you 100%! When my children were young, I decided to cut out the excessive tv viewing so that they would have a chance to live a more connected life. We moved to a Caribbean island, and moved high in the mountains. I loved our time...and I know I didn't give them the snow filled magic Christmas, but they did get plenty of time with family. We have to move soon, and I'm thinking about what I want for the next stage of life. They are both in college, fully bilingual, and they really know their parents. I think that's important. I loved your post because it makes me realize that there must be many others who value creating a rich experience for their children. It makes me feel more connected! (I'm also a teacher.)

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Oh Sarah that was a beautiful post. I guess, if you read my post, you know I am making all 16 of the gifts I am giving. Have been doing this for 5 years now. My back and shoulders are aching due to all the crocheting and basket weaving, etc, but it is worth it. Blessings

umbrellalady said...

Sarah - I loved your post and agree with you - so much magic is lost nowadays...children (and adults!) need to regain some joy in their lives. Shutting off the television is a great way to start.

TechnoBabe said...

Hi Sarah, you know that I do not watch television, don't have cable or any way to watch it. If we want to watch a DVD we watch on the only TV we have. Your bringing up the Christmas holiday spirit in your post sounds like a loving mother with hopes for her children. The younger child will have a wonderful Christmas because your priority is family.

Sonia ;) said...

Here is to hoping your wish comes true for her and for a few more years also...Love ya Honker xoxoxo

In the eye of the beholder said...

I still believe in the spirit of Chistmas. Sometimes it's all in are own attitude. It carries on to others. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Amen to that! I couldn't agree more.

I wish every child learns the spirit of the holidays in it's purest sense-- minus the commercialism and craziness that has crept in over the years.

This is a beautiful posts, Sarah.

xo jj

Snap said...

I believe in the MAGIC!!!!

Gorgeous post, dear one.