It’s that time of year—the hustle and bustle of shopping, those carols that have you humming, baking all those delicious treats, wrapping gifts of all sizes, trimming the tree with glittery lights and ornaments. Who doesn’t love Christmas?
To children all over the world, this is a magical time. There are wish lists to be made and re-made. A visit to sit on Santa’s lap is an absolute necessity. Every boy and girl hopes and prays that they haven’t made The Naughty List.
As we get older, though, and have children and grandchildren of our own, we realize just how right The Grinch got it.
“It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes, or bags.
The Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more.”*
When we get a little life experience under our belts, we understand that Christmas is all about love—ocean-deep, unexplainable, unimaginably beautiful. This time of year reminds us who we are and what we believe, and we’re also reminded that we should love one another and respect each other.
If I could have anything imaginable, I think I would ask for world peace, and an end to world hunger. Tall orders, I know. But this IS a magical time of year.
For myself, I’d ask for one more family reunion with all those loved ones who have passed: my brother, my parents, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Wow, what a wonderful party THAT would be.
If you could wish for anything—anything at all—what would you ask for this Christmas?
*Quote taken from How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.