When you're sweating in your kitchen, your feet tired from standing while you prepare a feast for your family, remember the little ones. Think of their high-pitched "Mmm" sounds as they enjoy your meal and their tiny bellies filled with your cooking.
When you're stressed about tidying up and making sure your decorations are just so, remember the little ones. Every twinkling light and glittering strand of tinsel is like an extra piece of magic to them.
When you're stuck in traffic on the way to your Christmas get-together, or in the seemingly endless line through security at the airport, remember the little ones. Their expressions when they see their cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents are worth any long, bumpy journey.
When another adult at your holiday get-together brings up old drama, says something off-color, or otherwise makes you feel bad, remember the little ones. They may not give a second thought to a brief, tense moment, but if it snowballs into a long, unpleasant gathering, that'll be etched in their memories for Christmases to come.
When you open presents and don't find the gift you were hoping to receive, remember the little ones. They don't easily recognize the many intangible blessings you no doubt have in your life and look to you, yes, you, to model gratitude.
Merry Christmas to all the little ones, and the big ones too.
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