This time of year family members are 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 or no use for or even worse must proudly wear in public. Despite strongly advocating for buying simple and pleas of “don’t spend much on me”, I’ve learned if I don’t provide specifics, I’ve no one to blame but myself when the goofy hat shows up or the thing requires a full explanation as to what it even is.
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 manger over 2000 year ago changed our world forever.
With that thought in mind, this column provides an opportunity to express my Christmas wish list for the really important wishes in life. 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 you share with me.
I wish for greater respect for all humans. That those who carry weapons, seek to do harm or hatred towards others, need to think about the pain they will cause not only to others but to their own family. We all need to 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.
I wish for great 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.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.