The Magic of Christmas

The magic of Christmas there is absolutely no escaping from this time of year. Religious or not religious everyone enjoys this time of year. There is atmosphere and music and a vibe from the lights and the visions and the dream of Santa and his reindeer which covers everyone at Christmas. 

This time of year possesses a romance, of cold from weather and warmth from fire and candles. It has become embedded in culture and Western DNA. Absolutely everyone enjoys the Christmas period.  

It is a magical time. Come the Christmas season we all return to our own childhood and we all watch and embrace Christmas films. The image of Santa and his Reindeer flying across the snowy sky, the feeling of the magic of Santa when we was children knowing we had to go to bed because Santa Claus was coming in the morning would be presents under the tree. 

As Children most of us used to listen out for the sounds of Reindeer on the roof on Christmas night or peep out the window hoping we would see him flying across the sky. 

We all have dreams of Santa and we all have dreams of snow and a white Christmas. We all enjoy Christmas songs and music and the romance. 

The dark nights I always remember at home as a child and the fire roared and stockings hung from the fire place and lots of Holly spread across the mantelpiece and candles flickered. It was Christmas and magic hung in the air. The Windows had Frost round the edges on the outside and damp and condensation. Candy Canes hung from the tree. The lights of the tree glowed on the tree and the Angel sat high on top. I sat in the chair and wondered what would Santa bring and how many presents would be under the tree when the exciting Christmas morning comes. 

Even those who are not religious all year round still enjoy and embrace and often join in Christmas songs of baby Jesus and the nativity story. We all become filled with anticipation and excitement when Christmas comes around. 

Christmas is a wonderful time of love and family and giving and peace on Earth. It is a time of cold and warm and kindness and compassion. People dreaming of the wonder of Christmas morning, the family coming round and a wonderful Christmas dinner together. Christmas parties are something to look forward to as there are plenty to attend. To see friends and family often and enjoy time and make memories with many people who you care for. Christmas brings people together and re-unites families from afar. 

Up in the loft is a timeless place. I went in my mothers loft once to get her Christmas decorations down for her. If you have lived in a house long enough the loft can become a place of history and wonder and a museum to your life. As you search for the Christmas decorations here you shall find objects and decorations from Christmases from long ago and toys and gifts which bring memories flooding back to the surface from childhood and of people who have long since passed on and no longer with us. This sends us back in time to a Christmas yesteryear. 

Exploring the loft as an adult who spends most of the year living the struggles and stresses of adult life I still return to the magic of the feeling of a child at Christmas and it is hard to escape from. It takes over you and you become romanced by it. 

I can remember being a child and going for a real Christmas tree from the local forest park. The atmosphere was good and it was cold and fun and music played everywhere. I remember being in the living room and the room was full of the smell of the Christmas tree pine. I remember thinking that there is nothing nicer than a room lit by a christmas tree and the christmas light glow. The reflection and sounds of the tinsel and the glow of candles. 

Whether you believe in religion or Christianity or not Christmas has a way of pulling you back in. It is a time of humanity and peace and family. It is a time of care and compassion and fun and dreams. A time of magical colours and moments and memories from childhood to present. The beautiful smells cooking and Santa everywhere we look. 

May everyone have a beautiful Christmas. 

One thought on “The Magic of Christmas

  1. A lovely post, Mick, and it does take me back to Christmas as I remember it when a child. We didn’t get the presents that children get nowadays, but mum and dad managed to make it magical every time. Mum was so creative and decorated the tree (a real one) beautifully, and there were lots of little extras such as yule logs and nativity scenes … and we also had paper streamers hanging from the ceiling (probably not allowed now due to health and safety!). Dad was the storyteller of the family and had me and my brother engrossed with his Christmas tales and myths, mostly made up by himself. And yes, we had a coal fire and toasted marshmallows in the flames and roasted chestnuts on the hearth. I hope my children look back on their Childhood Christmases and think they were just as special as I do mine.

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