Christmas, like snowfall, prompts different responses in people: some roll their eyes, upset by commercialism; others insist that Santa has nothing to do with the spirit of the season; but many others — who think back to being a child and remember how agonizingly long it took for Christmas Day to arrive — see it as a magical, joyful, simple time of innocence.
“It was so difficult to go to bed the night before,” a young adult commented to us, “and it’s not so long ago that I experienced that.
“I think back to that excitement, that overwhelming sense of anticipation and happiness, and it puts into perspective adulthood. For so long, I wanted to grow up and stop being a child, but now that I’m here, I remember some of the simple, unpretentious aspects of that childhood, and I remind myself that life is more than work, bills, and worry.”
In Little Angel Bright, a young girl — who no doubt couldn’t sleep — lives the fantasy of childhood by not only seeing Santa, but being enlisted as his temporary helper in fulfilling the all-important task of placing the angel at the top of the tree. The child focuses her attention on the placement of the angel, and Santa focuses his attention on the child — and therein lies the very basis of the Spirit of Christmas: a focus on children, and childhood, and joy, and innocence.
All of us, at some point, were children, and remembering back to a time when we thought differently, and hoped for things that adulthood now tells us are impossible, enables us to put into perspective what we call reality, but wish that it weren’t: it doesn’t have to be all about work, and bills, and worry.
In contrast to the cool dark of the night outside, the warm light of the tree and the angel reflects on the faces of Santa and the little girl. For a moment in time, Santa and child celebrate light, and beauty, and hope.
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