Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Magic, Make it Merry!

I am so excited to be part of the Make it Merry Blog event, I have been asked to blog about Christmas magic.  What a fun topic, while pondering 'Christmas Magic' three different themes kept coming to my mind.

Christmas Magic Comes from Children
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

What would Christmas be without children?
Recalling Christmas of our youth, the anticipation of Christmas, the giving of sweet gifts. My daughter has been making gifts (colored pictures) for just about everyone we know.

The twinkle in a childs eye.

The reminder that Christmas started with a little one.

My mother works with a single mother, who struggles financially.  Her son was able to 'Shop with a Cop'  he was so excited for this. While at work the cop called my moms friend, and she came back with tears in her eyes. The police officer had told her that her son bought Christmas gifts for her, and Christmas gifts for his sisters, but did not think to buy one gift for himself.
~Yes, Christmas is about children.
Christmas Magic Comes from Giving
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? ~Dr. Seuss
Christmas magic comes from giving.
There are so many creative ways to give during the Holiday season.  One of our favorite things to do during the Holidays is visit the Festival Of Trees.  Individuals, families, and businesses donate a tree to be auctioned off, with all the proceeds going to Primary Childrens Medical Center.
Often the trees are in memory of someone they love, no longer with us.
Some trees are just fun!  The magic they give to the observer, and the magic they bring to thousands of children in need is priceless.  It is our goal to someday donate a tree!
And I always come away with some Crafty inspiration, I just love the bee ornaments!
This year our family is going to start a new tradition of giving. We are going to play Santa Elves, for a neighbor and give gifts for the 12 days of Christmas! Thanks to Sprik Space, this is going to be easy.  She has made darling printables that correspond to each 12 days, all we need to do is print them out, and buy an inexpensive gift to go with it, she has even made us a shopping list.  My kids are so excited to be sneaky... we are choosing an elderly widowed neighbor, so hopefully we can give without being caught!
We also had so much fun making Christmas Cards for soldiers!

Christmas is about giving of yourself, about trying to be a little better, trying to give a little more.   When we do not have much to give, that is when we can give the most.  Try to find some unique way to give of yourself this Christmas season.

Christmas Magic Comes from Stories
But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round... as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
                        ~Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Christmas Magic Comes from stories.  Stories told in families of Christmas' long ago.  Stories of people we love that may not be with us anymore.  Christmas stories of years we struggled that turned out to be our best Christmas ever... Christmas stories help keep the memories alive.
Christmas Magic comes from reading our favorite Christmas stories, over and over.  I have a binder of Christmas stories that I cherish, that seems to grow each year.

(This is the printable I created for the Christmas Season you can find it HERE!)
And of course the Christmas story for centuries foretold.  The story of a baby born in a manger, that came to save us all.
I hope that you can find magic this Christmas, that reaches beyond the twinkling lights, pretty packages, perfectly groomed trees, and holiday sales.  
I hope you can find the Christmas Magic found in the twinkling of a childs eye, the magic found in  bettering yourself and giving to others, and finally I hope you find Christmas Magic in stories from family, and He whose birth we celebrate. 
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  1. What a wonderful post - Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  2. hi Carlee, you and your sweet kids are such a wonderful inspiration - just warms my heart! Thank you for sharing this message of love (and I love the little bee ornament too!) xo, Diane

  3. Carlee!!! This is an amazing, wonderful, beautiful Christmas magic post!!! The story of the little boy shopping for his mom and sisters broke my heart! What a sweet boy he is! :) And everything else you shared... LOVE it!

  4. I just adore that you are keeping Christ in Christmas so prevalantly. Well done!

  5. What a great post, Carlee. Those trees are all gorgeous and I got a bit choked up at the soldier one- so sweet. Thanks for sharing :)

    PS: Love the leg lamp! lol

  6. "Christmas is about giving of yourself, about trying to be a little better, trying to give a little more. " ~how true! I loved reading your post. That story about shopping with a cop made me tear up. So sweet!

  7. The only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.Acetylsalicylic Acid


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