Janet Davis Cleaners - December 2019

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Keeping the Spirit of the Holiday Alive for My Children

I don’t think anything compares to seeing the magic of the world through a child’s eyes, and this is never truer than around Christmastime. I remember my parents trying to capture this magic for as long as they could when I was still a little kid. Once, when I was around 6 years old, my dad put the harness and leash on the dog, tilted the ladder against the roof of the house, and climbed up to the top. Now, as Michigan residents, you know how treacherous this could have been for my father and our dog. It’s usually pretty cold around Christmas, not to mention the slippery snow. But my dad took the dog up to the roof, so they could put tracks on the roof for me to find on Christmas morning as if some magical visitors had been on the roof the night before. I’ll never forget my father’s dedication to keeping Christmas magical for me, and I can appreciate my father’s motivation today as a dad myself. My daughters are now 4 and 7 years old, and Christmas is about as spectacular as a holiday can be. My eldest daughter is starting to pick up on a few of the traditions, but we are right in the sweet spot of fascination with my youngest. Just like my father, I record them coming down the stairs Christmas morning to find the presents and loot Santa stashed under the tree for them. I can still remember the big video camera sitting in the corner of my family’s living room as we opened Christmas presents every morning. To this

day, I’m not sure if it even caught anything, but there it sat, year after year, recording our reactions. Each Christmas Eve as a kid, we were allowed to choose one present to open. Of course, by that point, we had already done our calculations and discovered which presents came from whom and which ones were bigger than the rest. By then, we knew which gift we were dying to open, and we tore into what we thought would be the best present every Christmas Eve. These days, my wife, our daughters, and I spend Christmas morning together. Then that afternoon, we load up and head to either my sister-in-law, my mom, or my mother-in-law’s house. For my daughters, seeing their two cousins — two boys — on Christmas is just like seeing their brothers. They’re together so frequently that they are more like a set of siblings than cousins! memories they will hold onto. You never realize what your kids remember, but, when we visited Disney this summer after having been there years ago, my older daughter could still remember certain parts from her visit as a 3-year-old. For my younger daughter, it was pure magic. She met Princes Anna, and she will always remember that undeniable feeling of enchantment. As my daughters get older, I’m so grateful for the traditions we have and the

But that’s the power of the holiday season. You don’t have to travel to Disney or meet a princess to feel magic. All you have to do is remember what it was like to run down the stairs Christmas morning to find a few more presents under the tree or footprints on the roof to know this season is nothing short of miraculous. Or, you can watch it all unfold before your child’s very eyes.

Have a wonderful holiday season,

–Kyle Matthews 1 (248) 543-0340


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