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.
12 Must-Haves on My Christmas Wish List
- Time: there is never enough of this. I wish there was a gift card.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Peace: I will pray for the day that we never have to worry about another senseless shooting
- Respect: that goes for everybody, including myself.
- Kindness: ‘Cause that’s what Christmas is really all about, Charlie Brown!
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.