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Blogmas 2014 Day 19 - Christmas Nostalgia

19 December 2015
When I think about Christmas my initial thoughts aren't actually of family or gifts or decorations. I actually think about magic. Magic and the feeling of wonder that comes with it.

As a child I always felt like Christmas was a magic time of year, Santa was powerful and all knowing, I believed Mum and Dad when they told me I had to be good or I would be put on the 'Naughty List', I also believed them when they said I had to go to bed early because Santa couldn't visit until all the boys and girls in the world were asleep. I use to struggle to go to sleep when I knew it was important to go to bed early. I carried that in to my adulthood.

I never tried to stay up to see Santa, although my parents often let me sleep in the lounge room on Christmas Eve where we always kept the Christmas Tree, they obviously knew that I would eventually fall asleep and it would be safe to sneak in the 'Santa presents'. Occasionally I would wake up in the wee hours and see some extra gifts under the tree, wrapped differently to the ones Mum and Dad had placed there in the days leading up to Christmas and the feeling that I would get in those few initial second of groggy sleepiness was one of the most wonderful feelings in the world.

Santa came, Mum and Dad were right and although I knew I was sometimes naughty I had behaved enough to make the 'Nice List'.

As I got older and discovered that Santa wasn't real, I gave zero shits. Santa made me feel happy so I continued to sleep in the lounge room, my parents continued to sneak in presents and we all continued to have the 'Naughty and Nice' discussions. It made us happy.

Christmas has became less about the presents and some years we don't give any at all (which is perfectly ok for us because that's what we choose!), but the magic of Santa never went away for me, the appearance of Christmas decorations on our local streets, lights in neighbours windows against the silhouette of a Christmas tree, the smell of fresh cut pine trees in local fruit and flower shops and the eternal argument of 'Will we have a real tree this year?'

'No, we won't Hailey'
'YES! We WILL Mum!'

All of these things meant that Santa was coming.

These days Christmas is a guaranteed day that we will see family, we will eat too much food, laugh over the pop of Christmas Bon Bons and their lame jokes, tell cute stories with punch lines that leave people laughing with tears running down their faces and recap the year that was.

When I wander the shops at Christmas, listening to the carols and perusing all the pretty things that I want to buy myself all I can think about is how blessed I am to have a beautiful family, supportive friends and the freedom to do almost anything I want. Santa is coming, and even though there are many troubling things happening in the world, that thought still makes me feel elated to be living this crazy thing called life.

Unfortunately we aren't all so blessed, so don't forget to spread a little Christmas Cheer this season. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbour who's family won't make it for Christmas but you can spare a spot at your table, or you can afford to buy a few gifts for the Wishing Tree, or maybe you know a family who will only have a very small visit from Santa who would benefit from a lovely hamper and a few presents that Santa accidentally left under your tree for them. Small gestures can leave the biggest impressions, so why not make plans to remind someone that Santa always comes.

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1 comment on "Blogmas 2014 Day 19 - Christmas Nostalgia "
  1. Really lovely post Hailey.

    I too love having a real tree - it's only something we've done in recent years, although we haven't got a tree at all this Christmas because we'll be away. I love the smell of them and it's something you can't replicate with a fake tree. I don't care how much they cost, having one is worth it.