What Do They Want for Christmas?

I don’t know how many times over the last few weeks I have asked my family, “What do you want for Christmas”? I have yet to get a real answer from any of them. I have a few ideas of my own and usually it seems that before now I have a laundry list of the latest greatest trendy items on the market. They usually don’t get everything on their list but it at least gives me some direction. December is slipping by so quickly and I have no lists as of yet, even from my son. It leaves me wondering what is going on here. Maybe I am off the hook because they have everything that they need!

I gave my husband the task of sitting with my son and making out a letter to Santa while I work on our daughter and see if I can get some ideas from her about what she may like for Christmas this year. She is still in her “pleasant mode” so I will take advantage of that now before she wakes up tomorrow and decides she isn’t in a good mood anymore. I know that top on her list with be getting rid of her acne, but unfortunately that is a gift that I can’t deliver on Christmas morning.

We always talk with our children around this time of the year and remind them to think about those less fortunate than us. There are many people in the world that may not be quite as lucky as we are. Yes, we all have our share of problems, like struggling to afford the mortgage payment this month, a car that needs to be repaired, having an argument on the playground last week and acne that just won’t go away, but in the grand scheme of things these are very small problems.

I hope that my children are able to realize that despite the hardships they are lucky and should be thankful for all that they do have. After all, the holidays are not just about presents and food but about being thankful for what you have and who you are. It is hard for kids today to see that with all of the materialism around the holiday season.

I can’t impress enough to them that the holidays are so much more than getting, but giving to yourself and others. If it was up to me I would give my children gifts that are not wrap able but will last a lifetime. Gifts like, self-confidence, health and happiness. I can’t wrap these things up but I can only hope that one day they both realize that they have them and really this is all they need for a happy life.

 

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