Majic Of Christmas Is Back!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and didn't stuff yourself too much (I have made an effort to not stuff myself silly, because I hate the feeling I get afterwards).
You may have noticed we kicked off our Majic Of Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, and that means it's also time for our toy drive. All of us at Majic are very grateful to Whole Foods Market and the Assistance League of Austin for their help on this year's drive.
The holidays are a mixed bag of sorts for most of us. We revel in the joy the season brings, whether it's the music, opening presents, or the birth of Jesus. But not everyone looks at this time of year with gleeful anticipation. Some of you have unpleasant memories during this time of year. Maybe you lost a job or loved one during the holidays (I lost my grandmother three weeks before Christmas about 25 years ago, and I still think about it). Perhaps the stress of work, shopping, or having to plan the family get-together is getting to you.
I've been involved in every single majic Of Christmas toy drive since we started it back in 2001. The thing I have noticed most is how it brings our community together, no matter what the circumstances are. For the families who are nominated, it's a chance to give their children a brighter holiday season, and the feeling that maybe, just maybe, it's the beginning of better times.
For those who give, there comes with it the joy of knowing that you have made a difference in a child's life, even if all you could give was one toy. I experienced this feling myself several years ago when my family and I sponsored the children of a nominated family. Their expression of happiness and gratitude is something I'll never forget.
This year has been especially tough for a lot of people. But it is my hope that once again, our Majic Of Christmas will touch many lives. If you're able to donate a new, unwrapped toy, check our website for details on where we will be for you to drop off your donation. If you're not able to give, and wish to nominate your family or someone else's, fill out our online nomination form. You can also join us at our gift wrapping party Dec. 19 from noon to 4 Pm at Designer Floors of Texas, 3841 Ranch Rd. 620 South. Just bring your gift wrapping supplies and come join the fun!