Tales From A Hungry Life

December 9, 2015

12 Christmas Wishes

by Maria Schulz

News flash: There are just 14 days left to shop for gifts. In the spirit of impending doom that this revelation brings to me, here are the things I wish most for this Christmas.

Wait! I'm not ready

Wait! I’m not ready

12 Must-Haves on My Christmas Wish List

  1. Time: there is never enough of this. I wish there was a gift card.
  2. Perspective: Cards! Gifts! Parties! Wrapping! Every year I get overwhelmed, yet somehow, I manage to get it all done without the world crashing to an end. I have to slow down, breathe, and keep things in perspective. As the Grinch realized when his heart grew 3X larger, “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more.”Grinch
  3. Patience: lines are not a good enough reason for my head to explode. A few minutes of quiet reflection never killed anybody. I will stand there and smile. Or at least just stand there and not cry.
  4. Cheer: Just once, I would like to be one of those smiling people who walk around saying: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Good to see you! I do live in New York, so that might be a bit of a struggle. But anything is worth trying once!
  5. Smiles: like the flu, smiles are contagious. Plus I read that when you smile, you trick your brain into thinking you’re happy. It’s a natural upper.

    They look happy

    They look happy

  6. Energy: as a child, I could walk up and down Bell Blvd., searching for the perfect gift. Now, I click on “buy now” and feel exhausted
  7. Wonder: remember when it felt like Christmas would never, ever, ever get here? Fourteen days was an eternity. I wish I could feel that way again.
  8. Joy: there was nothing better than the first year I had enough babysitting money to buy gifts for the people I loved. Now, I dread shopping. I want to banish my inner Ebenezer Scrooge and all that Bah Humbug. Deny thy father! Refuse they name! Okay, so I’m getting my English Lit all mixed up. You get the drift. I’d rather be more like Scrooge when he wakes up on Christmas day and joyfully buys toys for the Cratchet kids. I’ll get to work on that.



  9. Comfort: I will donate gifts to a very worthy cause—The Lexiebean Foundation, which collects gifts every year for a party they hold in honor of their pediatric cancer patients and families.
  10. Peace: I will pray for the day that we never have to worry about another senseless shooting
  11. Respect: that goes for everybody, including myself.
  12. Kindness: ‘Cause that’s what Christmas is really all about, Charlie Brown!charlie brown and linus


Recipe: Egg Nog


I’d go for the cooked version, but hey! Live on the edge if you must.



So, Hungry Lifers…what do you wish for this Christmas? Please leave a comment and let us all know. Thanks, and Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Good to see you! Now…that wasn’t so bad after all.



  1. Ahhh, perspective. That captures it all, doesn’t it? Gifts don’t have to be perfect, the tree doesn’t have to be perfect, etc. There are so many bigger things out there. I love that you support a charity like Lexiebean. When I’m done writing this, that’s the next thing I’m doing. Here’s to wonder, joy, peace, respect and kindness. May there be more of it all! xo

    Comment by Christine — December 9, 2015 @ 8:58 am | Reply

    • Thanks Christine. Lexiebean is a great organization. I enjoy buying toys for their kids. By the way, you never have to worry about getting the right gift–you’re a natural at it!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — December 9, 2015 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  2. Love it! I couldn’t have said it any better. We all need to take the time and breathe and not put so much stress on ourselves! Merry Christmas to all!

    Comment by Kathleen — December 9, 2015 @ 9:10 am | Reply

    • It’s supposed to be fun! That’s what I keep telling myself. Merry Christmas to you too.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — December 9, 2015 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  3. It’s my idea that after the Magi Jesus never got another gift celebrating his birthday. Chanukah probably was celebrated yet Joe & Mary were dirt poor according to tradition but being Jewish good tasting food was always available yet probably unhealthy. Yet I get the feeling that Jesus liked parties, he never turned down a dinner invitation the gospels seem to indicate. So the point is enjoy his birthday party, eat drink and be merry while you can and slow down and smell the roses along the way. He did so why not us?

    Comment by bglou — December 9, 2015 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  4. Maria, my comments are not showing up! Have you blocked me?? If this doesn’t go through I’ll know the truth and then I’ll change my Christmas wish! Now that I have 2 kids in college all I want is to be together and everyone get along!

    Comment by Suzanne — December 9, 2015 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

    • I would never block you! One, you are one of my best commenters. And two, I don’t know how! I want everyone home and happy too. Merry Christmas!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — December 9, 2015 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  5. My favorite holiday,miss the time we celebrated the eve at my house in Franklin Square.Hey time marches on.My only regret is that the next week is New Year’s Day and yuk that means soon I will be another year older. oH no wait I will be celebrating my 39th birthday.In you dreams Bobby.

    Comment by Bobby — December 11, 2015 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  6. Maria, you summed it all up. One thing I think we have to do is think more of extended family. As we age and marry the nuclear family disbands and becomes smaller nuclear families. This is the normal progression of things as the family in general is getting smaller (two kids as apposed to four or more) the connections we had become more distant. It’s fun to reminisce with seven siblings about how we grew up. Now our two kids are born far apart and don’t have nearly the same experiences to talk about (although the seven of us sometimes have different stories of the same events, almost like we grew up in alternative universes). Everyone is so busy and trying to make it in their little nuclear families that the extended clan is not what it once was. I miss it and find it hard to get to know family members who I have not seen for many years at a time. Mobility is to blame, as is going off to college and meeting mates who live even farther away. The small town family is gone. So lets make the best of what we got when we get together. The holiday season, it seems is one of the few times to do so. So to all extended family, and you know who you are, Happy Holidays and my hope for you and yours it to have a great New Year, Tony

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — December 13, 2015 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

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