While Christmas isn’t my most favorite holiday, it’s definitely in the top three. I remember wanting stuff growing up. You know, those material things we want but somehow Mom and Dad couldn’t afford.
Later on in my life I was old enough and had money enough where I could buy what I wanted, and usually did, so material wants were placed on a back burner and I began to appreciate the other more esoteric dimensions of Christmas than wanting.
It is a lesson I try and place in the minds of my step grandchildren; life after all is more than giving or taking gifts. It’s after all, a relatively recent phenomena. The true meaning of Christmas, besides the birth of the Christ child, is measured in what we all wish for: family, togetherness, a safe and healthy life, and freedom from want.
So my family and friends who have supported me throughout the years, my wish for Christmas is happiness, success, and joy for everyone in the coming months and years to follow.
God bless everyone and Merry Christmas to all and a prosperous new year!