How do you answer the question: “What would you like for Christmas?” As the years go by I find it harder and harder to find an answer to this question (other than a nice pair of socks – which let’s face it, are always useful!)
Anyway, with the holidays upon us, I suppose I have gone a bit mushy. Perhaps it’s being so far from family and friends back in the UK, perhaps it’s the high number of homeless people that we see here in San Francisco – but between wrapping presents and visiting Santa’s reindeer, I have been reflecting on how lucky I am to already have everything that I really need in life.
It’s always lovely to receive gifts over the holidays, but the real joy is all in the giving. Which is probably why it gets so tricky to answer that question of what you would like for Christmas. For me, this has become a time of year to think about all the people that I love and appreciate every day of the year – and to spare a thought for those who are not as lucky as I am. I think the poem below sums this up for me…
Instead of sending Christmas cards this year, our family have decided to donate the money we would have spent on cards to Project Night Night – a charity that delivers free ‘Night Night Packages’ to homeless children to help them feel ‘secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant.’
In the meantime, we wish you all a very happy holidays – whatever and however you celebrate! Remember, the joy is all in the giving – so give, love and enjoy!