The Magic of the Season




The magic of the Christmas season is in the air. Decorations, music, food, TV specials, parties, and so on. Indeed it’s all around us.

I for one, love it. Nah, I don’t dig that we see Christmasy things in malls and shops wayyyy too early, but I don’t fight it either. I choose instead to see all of the Christmas glitz and glitter as a way of again welcoming the Christ Child into our hearts, homes and world.

Join me. Spread cheer in every shop we enter. Let folks cut in front of us in traffic. Wave your hand, not your finger, when you pass!  Greet others by name, look them in the eye, see them. Smile!

Have you ever seen the relatively new Christmas classic, Elf?  The story is about one of Santa’s elves who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes. Enjoy this little Christmas humor from a big elf’s point of view:


The twinkle of lights in the windows, the tinsel on the trees, cards received in the mail and sent to family and friends, the crèche under the tree, the carols on our lips as we sing – they’re all an invitation to catch some of the magic this time of year.

I remember when my first nephew was born. I became acutely aware of what a gift, not only his life was and is, but that just by his being in our midst, we were given permission to play again. Halloween became special and new again. Fireworks new. Sleigh rides new. Ice skating new. Many of the things which had become tired, worn and old all of a sudden had new life again.

That can be true in our hearts as well.

God bless you as you live the spirit of this season in your lives and hearts and homes this year.

Peace friends, 


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  • Christine Reilly says:

    Thank you for reminding me to play, to be thankful, and to take a moment in all the hustle, bustle and glitz to look around at all the gifts that surround me every day.
    Love you, my friend!

  • Mary Rock says:

    Love the lights and the glitz!!
    May the Joy of the Christmas spirit be with you now and in the days to follow

  • Marianne says:

    First of all, we love “Elf” in this house!! And secondly, I’ve always said that one of th best reasons to become a parent is to be able to go trick or treating again! And finally, you should know that St. Nick still leaves a gift on St. Nicholas Day, Santa still comes to this house, still uses different wrapping paper, and on Epiphany–the Three Kings stop by as well. (There are those in this house hold who think I’m a bit nuts, but I refuse to “grow up”. The spirit that is Santa, the love that is the Christ Child, cannot be outgrown!!)

  • Judy Davis says:

    Much Christmas cheer to you, Chuck – and the blessings of the season be with you all year long. Merry and Happy from the Davises

  • Scott Krejci says:

    I don’t fight the glitz and glitter either. I agree that they serve as reminders of welcoming Jesus into our hearts and into the world he made. I wish Chuck a blessed Advent and Christmas..

  • Kathy McCleary says:

    Ah Chuck – you gave good advice here – as always – finding joy in all things and the Christ Child in our midst even as the driver cuts us off. Thank you my friend.

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