I can't believe it's time once again to deck the halls.
Sitting down to write my list of wishes this year,
I realize something is different.
While you know I appreciate all the bright, shiny gifts
you've brought me in the past
this year I find my desires turning to simpler things.
So Santa here's a list of my wishes for Christmas this year.
Santa, I wish I would remember to take the time to show the important people in my life how very special they are to me.
And Santa, I wish I could slow down enough to appreciate all the simple pleasures life can bring.
Santa, I wish you could please give me the ability to find inspiration by looking at the beauty that surrounds me through the lens of my camera.
Santa, this is important, I wish people would start to respect each other again.
My momma taught me if you can't say something nice about someone you shouldn't say anything at all. This could not be more true in the age of mass media.
So Santa, I wish people would stop using social media as a bully pulpit. Just because we can say something anonymously doesn't give us a license to be rude. I wish people wouldn't say something online they wouldn't say to someone's face.
And with an election year approaching in the US,
I wish our politicians would remember this as well.
Although I doubt they will.
I'm not old enough to be a Child of the Sixties (I was literally a child in
but Santa I think they could teach us a few things worth wishing for.
And Santa, this is always a good time of the year to remember those less fortunate than ourselves, and wish for ways to do what we can to help.
We are a big, beautiful world full of diverse beliefs and religions.
So Santa I wish everyone, everywhere would honor and respect the beliefs of others.
And for those of us who call ourselves Christian,
I wish we would remember that the true meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with the giving and receiving of gifts.
Well Santa, that's what I want for Christmas
I'm baking your favorite cookies.
And I'll be waiting for you under the mistletoe.
After reading through my list, I realize you can't make my wishes come true.
Only I can do these things. And try to influence others to do the same.
But if you wanted to stuff my stocking with a TIFF, W-EL, P-EL, or even an SR-EL on Christmas morning, that would be okay too!