Christmas Magic

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It’s not about the tree.

It’s not about the lights.

It’s not about the candy canes or caramel corn.

And it’s definitely not about the gifts.

It’s about the little things.  These special moments.  The wonder in their eyes.  Their hearts on their sleeves.  The love that seems to follow them everywhere.

These are the memories that last a lifetime.

These are the moments that stretch from here to there.

These are the traditions that will carry them straight through to forever.

Embrace every little thing this holiday season.

Hold them tight.

Begin new traditions.

Repeat those passed down to you.

And take it in…

THIS is Christmas Magic…

Happy Holidays from Practical Parenting!

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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes freelance for Everyday Family, Momtastic, SafeBee for UL and mom.me. She also blogs for The Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) She has a rock and roll husband and two kids. Katie believes in love, lattes, and the power of play.