The Cure for a Case of the Bah Humbugs

I must admit that I occasionally come down with a case of the “bah humbugs” this time of year. The etiology seems to be multi-factorial. Distance from both sides of our extended family and commercialization of the holiday season both contribute. Reading the news doesn’t help. This year, I’m particularly struck by the fact that for most of the kids I take care of the holiday season is actually a pretty difficult time of year. Whatever the cause, there are times that I just haven’t been feelin’ that holiday spirit.

Luckily, I have found a sure fire cure for this malaise. It comes in the form of a four-year-old boy. Have you been around a four-year-old during the holidays? It may sound cliche, but it really is magical. My son is seriously into the holidays this year. Even better, it doesn’t seem to be about the gifts (when given the chance to write a letter to Santa, he wrote only one word- “BIKE”- in very large letters). It’s about all of it- the lights, the music, the decorations, the giving. After getting our little tree and stringing it with lights (only half of which currently work), he let out a long sigh and said, “Mommy, the house looks beautiful”. He presents us with spontaneous “gifts” (my husband’s stocking is currently filled with toy dinosaurs). He rejoices in the bit of frost that graced our car last week and prays for snow. He regals us with his own versions of holiday classics, including,

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, you would even say hello.”


“Let there be geese on Earth, and let it begin with me.”

I can’t help getting swept up in his joy and all of my Bah Humbugs seem to fade away.

So if anyone out there is feeling a little down this year, I highly recommend finding a four-year-old to hang out with for a while. If that doesn’t work, try watching this. I hope it’ll at least make you smile.

Here’s to peace on earth, good will to all, and a little dose of magic this year. Goodness knows, we could use it.


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