Tom Robbins, an American Author, once said, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” He meant that you’re never too old to be able to go back to that place in time where you could bounce back from every negative thing that touches you. It also means that it’s never too late to be a kid again and enjoy the holidays like you did as a young child. It’s possible to find this time of year as awesome as you once did when you were little, with the wisdom to know its amazing impact.
If you think back to that time, there may be one or two things that made the holidays so amazing. First, no school and no homework may have meant staying up late and sleeping in. Second, and probably the biggest, lots of presents to open. Now, take a moment to think back and consider something that made the holidays not so great. Did your parents have to work longer hours? Was there a gift that you really wanted that you never got? Was there something about this time of year that you didn’t like? Could it be that one or more of those things is true for one of your kids? Consider these questions and now you have an idea how to put the awe back in the holidays for someone you love.
If your job requires longer hours during the holidays, then do what you can to make the time you are home extra special. It could just be a matter of starting a family tradition including the kids that puts the focus back on how bright this time of year truly can be. It doesn’t have to be complex, simply reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas before bedtime can become a simple tradition that your kids will appreciate.
Without letting them in on the reason why, find out if your spouse, your parents or one of your kids has a gift that they really wanted but never got. This bit of “spying” can be accomplished by making it a casual conversation. Just a simple, “I was thinking about the movie the Santa Clause the other day, remember that one character didn’t like Christmas so much because he didn’t get the whistle he wanted? That reminded me that I always wanted that one toy, how about you? Was there something you wanted that Santa never brought you?” After collecting your data, it’s time to hit eBay, Amazon or wherever else you might find that item. Imagine the surprise on your spouse’s, parent’s or child’s face when they get that one gift they always wanted. It’s not just going to be awesome – but it’s going to feel awesome