A Little Christmas Magic - 12/18/13
For the past few weeks, the first order of business for my five year old has been finding the little elf my wife places somewhere in our house before she goes to sleep. His name is Christoper Popinkins if I'm remembering correcly. It's a take off on the elf on the shelf that has been a staple in homes around Christmas time for years.
It's as low tech as you can get but, to me speaks to some of the real magic of Christmas. The other day when my little man was having trouble locating the elf, I mentioned I had seen the elf walking down the hallway last night with a wash cloth in his hand. That sent my boy to the bathroom where Christopher Popinkins was resting comfortably in a kleenex holder.
If you don't have a child at your house this Christmas, you're missing out. It's great fun and has really put me in the holiday spirit. If you still need some help getting there, go shopping for a toy you would have been proud to see under your tree when you were a kid. Then take it to the 61-st Avenue United Methodist Church in Nashville, home to the last minute toy store. If there's a similar program in your town, drop by with a gift. You'll leave knowing you had a hand in putting a smile on a child's face this Christmas.
It won't be quite as much fun as seeing that magic first thing every morning but magic is magic. Merry Christmas.