As soon as they can write, children delight in making out lists of what they want for Christmas. Many times those lists get longer or get changed every day.
We adults make mental lists and drop hints to our “Santa.” Along with the children, we begin to feel the Christmas Spirit as the time draws nearer for opening presents resting under the tree.
We’re quickly lured by the tempting goodies we think we just can’t live without. We make our lists for Christmas—things we’re hoping to find wrapped and underneath the tree.
But many things could appear on our Christmas list that can’t be wrapped. Neither can they be purchased. Indeed, they usually can be no more that a wish.
The list of things that can’t be packaged occupies our minds and is good all year, not just for December.
Have you ever wished TV cable wouldn’t go off in the middle of something good; shots to make us well didn’t come in a needle; we still had service stations instead of self-serve pumps?
Don’t you wish you’d bought stock early on in Coca Cola, IBM, or Levi Strauss; newborns slept through the night; paper cuts didn’t hurt so much; opportunity would knock more often, or louder; experience wasn’t sometimes the best teacher; all sports were still just a game?
Do you ever wish the arena of politics wasn’t so ruthless; more money than month occurred instead of the opposite; someone would invent windshield wipers for eye glasses; our mistakes weren’t so noticeable?
Don’t you wish light bulbs didn’t burn out right when you turned them on; you could go back and do some things differently; appliances wouldn’t break down two months after their warranty expires; the checkout line you’re in didn’t move the slowest; shoe strings didn’t break?
Have you ever wished Washington would spend all that money like it was theirs instead of ours; someone would turn off the junk mail faucet; you didn’t need a vacation to get rested from the vacation you just took?
On a more serious note, I wish violence would be replaced by kindness; paying health care premiums guaranteed good health; words could adequately express the feeling of love; hearts couldn’t break; it didn’t get dark.
I wish responsibility wasn’t so heavy; the world was really a kinder, gentler place; television programming was more wholesome; good outweighed bad; children didn’t have to be sick; grandparents lived longer.
I wish all good dreams came true.
As we compile our wish lists each Christmas, may we remember the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “The magic message of Christmas is that God gives us so much more than we can possibly give back. He gave the world the greatest gift of all time. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6).’”