A Christmas Wish

Christmas is something we are supposed to carry with us all year long but there’s a magic to this season.  I don’t know if it’s the snow-filled Christmases that we all dream of, the chestnuts on the open fire, the gathering of friends, family and loved ones, or just the fact that we all seem to be a little nicer during this holiday.   Forget about how people can be downright rude when we are shopping and in parking lots, or how about tempers can flare.  This is a season of love.

This Christmas my heart has no idea what material things to wish for.  I look around and I see families and couples filled with the holiday spirit and often find myself a little jealous.  You see, Christmas is something we are supposed to carry with us all year long but there’s a magic to this season.  I don’t know if it’s the snow-filled Christmases that we all dream of, the chestnuts on the open fire, the gathering of friends, family and loved ones, or just the fact that we all seem to be a little nicer during this holiday.   Forget about how people can be downright rude when we are shopping and in parking lots, or how about tempers can flare.  This is a season of love.

If you are religious like I am, you think about the love that God has for all of us by sending his Son to us.  Think about it.  A baby in a manger that will sacrifice everything for all.  I can’t say that I’d do the same.  And yet, we never know how much love we have in our hearts because there is always room for more.  If you aren’t religious, think about how showing love to others makes this world a little more tolerant and believe me, we need a lot more tolerance.

I know someone who doesn’t believe.  His mom does.  She believes in God very strongly but his faith isn’t like hers.  He’s beginning to be more open to conversations but that doesn’t mean that he’s willing to share her belief.  My Christmas wish for him is that he learns to let other people love him enough to show that no matter how much pain he’s living with, it will pale in comparison to the shutting out he does to others.  My Christmas wish for everyone is that they open their eyes and see the people who love them for themselves.  Christmas isn’t about presents.  It’s about the presence we have in each other’s lives.  It’s about unconditional love and acceptance.  It’s about finding a little more in common with one another to help make the transitions in our lives a little more meaningful.

I know a young woman who is fighting cancer with everything she has.  She believes strongly in God.  She wants her children to see that she is a fighter and isn’t willing to succumb to cancer that has invaded her body but not her mind.  She shows Christmas magic in her positive demeanor.  She is a warrior.  She is slaying demons and dragons called Cancer and not letting it ruin her Christmas.  Her children are her angels among others who are helping her navigate this Christmas holiday by giving her the incentive to keep going even when she feels she can’t take another step.  My Christmas wish for her is that she finds healing from cancer but also that she continues to inspire others on her journey to survival.

I know another young woman who is fleeing an abusive situation.  She is doing everything she can to provide a better life for her and her children.  She has lost so much faith in herself and forgotten that she is a woman of strength and courage.  She fights every day to ensure that she and her children can make it and even though this Christmas will be one that they don’t have as many presents as they’d like, they are all alive and are going to get through this because they have the love and support of a community.  My Christmas wish for them is that they continue their quest to break free of a person who has controlled, abused, and manipulated them.  I wish for them to find the peace and tranquility they deserve.

These are just some of the people who are touching my life right now.  There are many others with many stories yet to be told.  This Christmas I really hope and pray that my Christmas wishes are granted for people.  I believe we all deserve the holiday love and magic that is associated with the season.  My Christmas wish is simple.  I wish that we all can find the inner happiness and joy that children seem to carry with them.  I wish everyone peace, love, happiness and the knowledge that we are never alone.  I know I’m willing to do things to change my wishes into reality.  As long as we all have life, then we have the opportunities to change lives.   Maybe there are those around you that you have wondered if someone intervened, could their lives be changed?  What can you do to make those wishes be expedited a little?

Merry Christmas everyone.  Be good to each other.  Ask what you can do to make someone’s Christmas wish a reality, and above all, celebrate with your loved ones.  Don’t push people away during this season.  Tomorrow is never guaranteed but the love of the season and the Spirit that comes with it won’t die as long as we all keep our hearts open to the joys of the Holiday.

My Christmas Wish List, old style