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Christmas wishes 2011

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

This time of year my family is always asking for clues on possible Christmas gifts. I’ve learned over time that if I don’t give them useful ideas I end up with things I have little to no use for or even worse must be seen wearing the item in public. Despite strongly advocating for buying simple and not spending much on me, I’ve learned if I don’t provide specifics, I’ve got no one to blame but myself.

Christmas is all about hope, faith and love. It’s a time for giving and receiving, a time for friends and family and it’s a time to remember the true meaning of the season and how a small child born in a manger over 2000 year ago changed our world forever.

With that thought in mind, I thought I would use this week’s column to express my Christmas wish list for the really important wishes in life. They are the wishes most never really speak much about because they are the type of wishes that can’t be easily granted or fulfilled but yet in my heart they remain the real wishes that I’m sure many of us share.

I wish for greater respect for all humans. That those who carry weapons, seek to do harm or hatred toward others, could just respect people of different views, faith, skin color or nationality. They call it world peace. I’m sure we all would love to witness it, if only for a day or even an hour.

I wish for greater opportunity for all children. To be raised in safe homes by loving parents, with food on the table, a warm roof overhead, an education system that prepares them for fruitful lives full of promise and a lifetime of Christmases everyday of their lives.

I wish for the end to the many dreaded diseases, ailments and birth defects that affect the population. I see so many brave individuals who face life with these burdens and do so with such courage.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. Reach him at dan@denpubs.com.

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