Post Christmas time. We are putting away the gifts and eating the last of the rich food. Soon the trees, lights and decorations will come down. But that’s not what I mean by “Is The Magic Over?”
My three children are well past the age of believing in Santa. But something else has occurred that I suspected was happening. I found out while we were having dinner the other day. Our middle daughter let it slip out…
She mentioned that she “accidentally” saw some Christmas gifts before Christmas. After some discussion with the other two, my wife and I discovered that all three had “accidentally on purpose” found our hidden Christmas gifts.
When I was a child/teen I avidly looked for my Christmas gifts prior to the big day. My parents weren’t very good at hiding places. Pretty sure my mother figured out that I was searching for the gifts. Sometimes she resorted to locking the gifts in the trunk of the car in hopes that I wouldn’t find them. It was never spoken about, so I never had to deny it. Now my kids are doing it.
But is the magic gone? Or is it a rite of passage into adulthood? Does the joy you feel from a surprise gift occur while you’re alone. The happiness that we as parents once saw on their faces is now going away. Perhaps the magic is gone for me as a father. I loved seeing their eyes light up as they unwrapped their favorite gifts. I worry that next year it won’t happen. I worry that perhaps this is the beginning of the end of that magic.
I guess I’ll find out next year. Or I just need to hide the gifts better!