Snow globes often symbolize childhood, innocence, or so-called happy days and to this day they are still magical to me.
I can remember as a child imagining living inside this transparent sphere, usually made of glass and inside was a magical miniaturized scene with beautiful landscape. Watching the sparkling of the white particles, as they settled slowly to the bottom, had that particular, mesmerizing effect on me to this day especially ones with a built-in music box.
Each holiday season, I unwrap each of my snow globes as if I was handling a very precious possession. My mother purchased our first snow globe for my older son, Cameron over 16 years ago. Over the years we have added to our collection and have them displayed throughout our home.
One of my fondest memories was 6 years ago today when Cameron’s brother Cody took his therapist’s hand during an in-home ABA therapy session, walked him to the living room coffee table and placed his hand on top of the globe. He was nonverbal at the time and it was his way of telling him he wanted him to play the music and watch together as the snow fell to the song, Silver Bells.
Later that same evening Cody smiled and took my hand and guided me to the coffee table for me to watch the falling snow played to music. We listening to it over and over. These are the things that make the holiday magical. Be present and you will catch moments like these. Cody does not always know how to share into childhood traditions since they may look a bit different to him.
British Novelist, Roald Dahl once said, Believe in the Magic. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.
This year let the kids take your hands and show you what this season is all about. Let them lead you to something magical like Cody did for us years ago. Better yet, let them remind you what you once knew, perhaps decades ago, but with unwavering certainty. Embrace this gift while you can.