Christmas Morning Magic at 3 Years Old
One of my favorite parts about being a parent is being able to see the world through the eyes of a child again. As adults, we often forget what that’s like. If you have kids, you totally know what I mean. When you’re young, everything you see and experience is brand new. The way a fish swims around in his tank, the way thunder and lightning sound, and seeing Santa for the first time and actually remembering it.
As we grow up, some of those things that were once so wonderful and amazing slowly become taken for granted. Not on purpose, it just sort of happens.
Christmas was still fun. Going to church on Christmas Eve, gatherings with family and friends. But, it seemed as though the “magic” was missing. That was until I had kids. It became something I could never have imagined.
Could that be why God gives us children? So that we can see and the world through their eyes again? To feel their joy and embrace the wonder? Well that probably isn’t the only reason, but it’s a top contender I imagine.
This year, like every other year we did the usual Christmas traditional stuff most people do. We paid a visit to big guy at the mall, we baked delicious cookies to leave out for Santa, attended church on Christmas eve.
We even decided to surprise the girls and take them to have dinner with Santa. Total bonus points in the parenting department. At least I’d like to believe so anyway…
Christmas Eve my genius husband had a great idea. He wanted to know what Christmas morning actually looks like through our children’s eyes. Well no literally of course, but the next best thing. Before our 3 year old was allowed to come down the stairs in the morning to see what Santa had left her, we strapped a GoPro Camera to her chest. That way we could capture video of exactly everything she was seeing as she was experiencing it.
Genius, right?! It’s everything we thought it would be and more. The shock factor, the excitement and of course the magic.
Take a look for yourself:
Though we all continue to grow older, it’s important to stop and take a moment every now and then to remember what life was once like. When you were just a child and everything was still so new and exciting. Take a moment to believe in the things you once believed in. You will be amazed at how different and refreshing life can be.
Jessica Beal Harlow saysDecember 27, 2014 at 11:42 am
This is so true! I always Christmas was the best as a kid. Now that I have children, I know it’s even better to be a parent at Christmas! I love the excitement of Christmas Eve and the squeals of delight on Christmas morning!
agatapokutycka saysDecember 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm
This is such a wonderful idea -using a camera to travel back in time… sorts of 🙂
Tesha Fritz saysDecember 29, 2014 at 12:19 am
Children certainly do enlighten the season for us adults. Thanks for reminding us of the wonderment of Christmas through the eyes of a child.