Wishing you the magic of Christmas

When I was a child, Christmas was a magical time, packed with excitement, wishes for presents, feasts of chocolate and mince pies, and dreams of snow and warm fires. But then, when I had children myself, the magic was pooped on, fought over, cried about, broken into pieces, and became the source of arguments.

The 4am starts were exhausting, the batteries ran out, crucial parts went missing, and the toys couldn’t be assembled. The fairy on the tree had her head ripped off, the dog ate the turkey, someone was sick over the yule log, and all that was left was a pile of empty boxes, which the kids enjoyed more than the presents.

There were no more carols (“Carols suck, Dad”), the delicious food was sneered at (“I hate turkey and mince pies! Why can’t we go to KFC?”), coughs and colds spread like wildfire, there was nothing on TV except repeats, and everyone went to bed in a state of exhaustion, despair, and alcohol-induced haze.

But now the children are teenagers, and things have become civilized one more. We are rediscovering the joy of Christmas, this year in Yorkshire, with accommodation generously provided by my brother- and sister-in-law. We’re hoping to rediscover the magic.

I hope you enjoy your Christmas too, whether you have family or not. And remember – if you’re a blogger, your blog family is just a click away.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

20 responses to “Wishing you the magic of Christmas

  1. Have a great holiday! Mine is a little delayed… However I am exceptionally lucky to miss a potential blizzard this weekend at home.

  2. Have a great Christmas Steve, and may you and your family be well and contented throughout the New Year.

  3. Merry Christmas! I hope it’s as magical as your memories from youth.

  4. Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year, Steve! May you and all yours have a safe and wonderful time.

  5. I hope you have a wonderful, magical Christmas, Steve! And I am sure that someday you will look back on all that chaos just as fondly as you do your own childhood memories 🙂

  6. Merry Christmas Steve. I second Michelle that eventually you won’t recall the pain in the chaos of past Christmases. You’ll likely recall the chaos, but from a distance it will seem like fun, a time when Christmas was magical with all the young kids around. And if not, you’ll be able to get some satisfaction by watching your kids deal with the grandkids 😉

  7. I hope that it wasn’t as bad as you say, but your description is really well-written. Have a merry today!

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