There are so many lessons we can learn from our kids. Being able to just sit quietly and observe, you will see that they have so much joy, so much wonder, so much love. How did we lose all this along the way?
It's beautiful and amazing to watch them amuse themselves with the simplest piece of tape, or string, or a cardboard box. It really makes you realize how ridiculously out of hand consumerism has become, when we, as parents think to ourselves, "I have to get this for my kid for Christmas, this is what they want." Some parents spend ridiculous amounts of money on far too many toys (I myself am guilty of such behaviour), when really, I'm sure kids would be just as happy without all of the nonsense. The only reason they grow to expect it is because that's how we've conditioned them.
But watching them run around, jump for joy, sing and dance, it is so easy to see that they have more happiness than all the money and fancy dancy toys in the world could buy. For the joy that comes from a toy has an expiration date, but the joy that comes from within is everlasting.