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Tiaras and Trucks

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Under the Tree

Long after the Santa myth had been dispelled, I looked forward to Christmas morning. Brightly wrapped boxes held the reminder that there was magic in the world.


My mother has an uncanny ability to shop without a list, finding treasures that are just perfect-books I wanted to read, journals to spill my thoughts, lotion in my favorite scent-treasures that show she pays attention all year long to figure out what I’d love to receive.


Now that I am the one doing the wrapping and know the secrets of the majority of the boxes nestled under the tree, I find that the anticipation of Christmas morning is a little different. My eyes don’t search for the gifts labeled with my name but focus on the expressions on my children’s faces as they pull open paper and tape and discover their own treasures inside.


Finding joy in gifts seems a little like cheating during the holidays; I know there’s so much more to the season than the material things that tumble out of Santa’s sack each Christmas Eve.

But Abbey and Dylan remind me that the magic found in gifts doesn’t have to be about the price tag or the quantity of gifts they get to unwrap. They’re amazed by the paper and the opening and the idea that there’s something they wanted hiding within a box.


Their excitement makes me realize that Christmas surprises are gratifying for the gift giver in a whole other way than they are for the receiver. It’s a way to show you’ve noticed a want or a need and have worked to find a way to grant that wish.


The surprise doesn’t have to be wrapped in paper or tied with a bow. It can be an offer to help make dinner or watch someone’s children for a few hours or relinquishing the remote for the evening.

Surprise someone you love this Christmas. You won’t regret it.


And you won’t regret watching this video. It will infuse a little extra holiday spirit into your day.

This post is sponsored by T-Mobile, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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13 Comments:

  • At December 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM , Anonymous Tricia said...

    Love this post. It's so true. I'm realizing, as my daughter is just starting to understand, that the holidays need to be a blend of all of the important aspects of the season - and the magic is so important.

    Thanks for stopping by Raising Humans yesterday and for your feedback!

     
  • At December 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    It's such a big responsibility to be the maker of the memories, isn't it?  I love the holidays so much, and I hope I can make it special for my kids.

     
  • At December 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous TLanceB said...

    sweet and poignant

    My kids are older but they're understanding what Christmas means.

    Happy Holiday to your family

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 2:02 AM , Anonymous Lady Jennie said...

    I can just echo this post.  I feel the same way.  I am almost jumping with excitement to see my kids faces this year.  :-)

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I know!  It brings a whole different dimension to the holiday.

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I can remember getting older and just loving the feeling of my family hanging out together, hunkered down in the house with a new book.  The holidays are crazy but fun.

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 8:38 AM , Anonymous TLanceB said...

    wait, Santy Claus is a myth? what? he's not real?

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM , Anonymous jesterqueen1 said...

    My favorite part has always been the gifts!

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM , Anonymous bywordofmouth said...

    I am a huge Christmas fan ... creating the magic, lots of trees and lights, hosting parties for girlfriends and baking parties for the kids ... and their faces on Christmas morning ... all worth it!

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Love!  There are moments when all of the events seem a little overwhelming, but I wouldn't want it any other way.

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 9:01 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I love buying gifts for other people :)  (and getting them, too, of course!)

     
  • At December 18, 2011 at 9:02 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I refer you to "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" for a better answer to that question.

     
  • At December 20, 2011 at 4:13 PM , Anonymous Kpiccini said...

    I like surprising people on "Tuesdays" so I so get this..that the smile they give you when you find something that makes them happy and share it is worth everything. What a beautiful way to write that sentiment and share it with us. Xo

     

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