As I contemplate that this past Christmas is most likely the last that I will have a child in house who believes in St. Nick/Santa bringing presents, I found this article a nice contemplation.
Thérèse describes this Christmas night as the time she received the grace to leave her infancy behind, the grace of “complete conversion”. She explains that what she recovers as she leaves behind a childishness controlled by fear of loss is, paradoxically, the character of child, with a child’s ability to trust, to engage with the world. That Christmas night Jesus changed her soul with the brilliance of his light, she says. “At the moment I entered into the seriousness of life Jesus remade me in his strength, and from that moment I have never been conquered.”