This time of year family members are always asking for clues on possible Christmas gifts. I’ve learned over time that if I don’t give them useful ideas I end up with things I have little or no use for or even worse must proudly wear in public. Despite strongly advocating for buying simple and pleas of “don’t spend much on me”, I’ve learned if I don’t provide specifics, I’ve no one to blame but myself when the goofy hat shows up or the thing requires a full explanation as to what it even is.
Christmas is all about hope, faith and love. It’s a time for giving and receiving, a time for friends and family and it’s a time to remember the true meaning of the season and how a small child born in manger over 2000 year ago changed our world forever.
With that thought in mind, this column provides an opportunity to express my Christmas wish list for the really important wishes in life. The type of wishes that can’t be easily granted or fulfilled but yet in my heart they remain the real wishes that I’m sure many of you share with me.
I wish for greater respect for all humans. That those who carry weapons, seek to do harm or hatred towards others, need to think about the pain they will cause not only to others but to their own family. We all need to respect people of different views, faith, skin color or nationality. They call it world peace. I’m sure we all would love to witness it, if only for a day.
I wish for great opportunity for all children. To be raised in safe homes by loving parents, with food on the table, a warm roof overhead, an education system that prepares them for fruitful lives full of promise and a lifetime of Christmases everyday of their lives.
I wish for the end to the many dreaded diseases, ailments and birth defects that affect the population. I see so many brave individuals who face life with these burdens and do so with such courage.
I wish more people could experience faith in a supreme being and openly practice their faith by attending services each week and recognize that only through our trust in God will we overcome much of what troubles our world today.
I wish more folks of good fortune would share some of what they have with others less fortunate. We all witness those who give from the heart regularly even at times when they don’t have much. Just imagine a world full of people helping each other.
I wish our government and all governments would put aside their bickering and seek compromise for the people they govern by finding the common ground and recognizing the important leadership roles they play in advancing society.
I wish for those unemployed to find employment in fields they find rewarding. Equally important I wish for all those currently employed to value their careers and instill a strong work ethic in the tasks they perform. I also wish for their employers to value the efforts of those they employ.
I wish for Christmas 2013 to be another turning point in a world that, at times, seems to have lost its way. Despite remarkable technology, advancements in the medical and scientific fields we need the saving grace of the miracle child born so many years ago.
Many may say the wishes above are nothing but fanciful dreams, but any one of those fanciful dreams could become reality if each of us were to embrace them and make them our own. It’s amazing what a little hope, faith and love can do in your life if you let them in and share them with all who you come in contact. And let’s face it, with all of our running around, Christmas preparations and gifting this season at the end of the day wouldn’t you rather trade all the gifts under this years’ tree for any of the wishes listed above?
On behalf of the Denton Publications staff and family I would like to wish you and your family a very joyous and safe holiday, a prosperous new year and for my last wish, that you are granted all of your Christmas wishes. God bless America and all of you.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.