Alicia Jenne’ is a veteran teacher of little people. She is the PreKPals Lead Teacher for PreK#1 at Rock Quarry Elementary.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. – Norman Vincent Peale
Stop a moment and think about everything in your memory that captures Holiday Magic. It might be a song, a scent, or a movie that makes your heart skip a beat and time stand still. I imagine you close your eyes in an effort to hold on to that special feeling that takes you back to your childhood, to a time when the magic was every bit as real as cookies and milk after school.
As adults, we’ve had a long time to engrave those memories and to relive the magic over and over in our minds. Then one day, the torch gets passed, and suddenly, we are in charge of helping to make the magic real for the little ones in our lives. Honestly, sometimes adulting makes creating the magic a chore instead of a delight.
We asked some little learners just what they know about how the magic happens, and what it all means. They’ve only been around for about 48 months, with just 4-5 Christmas seasons under their belts... but they are experts on Holiday Magic, and they delight in all of it! They find their magic in the ordinary, in the smallest of details, in the glitter, in the mystery and the wonder of it all.
This holiday season, slow down, sit with your little ones for a while, soak in the sounds and the sights of the season. See the magic through their eyes. It just might take the chore of adulting and turn it into the privilege of being the keeper of the Holiday Magic. All you need to do is let a little one share their magic with you and your own magic will be restored. Then you can share with everyone around you. It doesn’t matter what holidays you celebrate – everyone needs a little glitter and magic in their lives. How will you share yours?