This is my first holiday season with no children at home. So enjoy this piece from 11 years ago, when my life was very different. Consider this a note to my future self, now being repeated.
This time of the year, the holidays bring back memories that allow us to see the world, once again, through the eyes of a child. This is not some sentimental side effect of the rituals we go through, but is in many ways the reason they are important. A few moments spent contemplating this over a swirling mug of cocoa can show that seeing the world through the eyes of a child is actually a vital lesson.