The Real Magic of Holidays

April 08, 2012
It's Easter Sunday and I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate to have an 8 year old child that still believes in the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus. The future may try to prove me wrong, but I think it's better to preserve Magic in children's lives for as long as possible.  There is plenty of time for them to discover the truth, but they should be old enough to understand what that truth is, and their parents should be wise enough to assist them to grasp it.  But as a parent, do you know how to explain to your child that there is no Easter Bunny, at least in the terms that they understand it?  How do you justify the white lie you've been telling them since before they harnessed language?
  • There really is Magic in the world, and it comes from all of us, but more importantly, it exists specifically within acts of selflessness where the value of making others happy is predominant over the necessity to claim personal credit.
  • There really is an Easter Bunny, a Tooth Fairy, and a Santa (and Mrs. Claus).  They are your parents and loved ones; the people that loved you so much that they wanted to teach you about the Magic by making it a part of your life.
  • Magic lives and flows through the world through kindness. Doing good creates the Magic, creates goodness in the world, and brings goodness back to us.
  • Even as adults who understand the true nature of  Magic, we can still experience the joy that comes from creating unexpected good in the lives of others, and reaping unanticipated good within our own lives, particularly when it is given or received anonymously.
  • Understanding the Magic is a first step into adulthood.  By discovering that the Magic begins within us, we understand the power we have to create Magic in the lives of others... and that is powerful knowledge indeed.
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