In 2020, holiday magic may feel like an especially tall order. Magic is a tricky word. Even in a “normal” year, the marketing of holiday magic can seem trite, fake, or flimsy.
It helps to remember that in the most basic sense, magic describes one thing changing into another. Not just any sort of change, of course. Magic implies a change that is inexplicable, unpredictable, and awe-inspiring. The sort of change people long for when they feel stuck or helpless. The change people crave when they cannot see their way to a better world.
Living in this time when we feel stuck and it’s hard to imagine a better future, we don’t need the trite, false sort of holiday magic. We need magic that transforms the 5 pm darkness into a signal not of life’s end but its beginning. We need magic that stirs within us a sense of possibility, preparation, and transformation.
We need magic that transforms division into community, fear into trust, greed into generosity, injustice into liberation, and chaos into peace. We need magic that reminds us we are never alone and love abounds even when darkness limits what we can see in the moment.
I know it’s a a lot for just a few weeks. This is why the task this season is not to get this magic all at once. It is simply to find our way to small moments of magic. To tune into moments of wonder, love, connection, ease, laughter, and joy sprinkled throughout our days.
I’ve developed a fun, short online quiz to help you proactively identify and engage in practices that will awaken magic. The purpose of this quiz is to offer a path to remembering that life-sustaining magic is still possible, even in 2020.