Unwrap the gifts of time and wonder

During the holiday scramble, be sure to pull out the priceless gifts that will be treasured long after the new toy loses its thrill or the umpteenth battery fades. Pass on a tradition or make a new one. Gather the clan together and tell or read a story. Throw a yule log on the fire and get comfie.  After all, it’s Christmas

Two bright literary stars offered high-wattage insight when it comes to children. P. D. James, acclaimed British crime writer, who passed away just last month, knew a thing or two about bad behavior and once said, “What a child does not receive, he can seldom later give.”  Peering in from a different angle, Randall Jarell, American poet, literary critic and children’s author, decades ago observed that “One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.”

Give your kids the gift you may one day want returned: time. It passes all-too quickly. And this Christmas season let them know you remember what it is to be in their small shoes.  Stop racing. Sit down. Stir your cocoa. Smile. Be excited. Throw on a coat and catch a few snowflakes on your tongue.