When I was a little girl, the arrival of the Sears-Roebuck catalog was a source of great joy as we looked through it and made our lists. How we would have been dazzled then if we could have envisioned the array of goods available these days.
We’d pore over the pages of the catalog and mark the items that we most preferred to find under the tree Christmas morning. We were aware of the financial situation of our parents, but still listed everything in hopes of receiving at least one or two of the desired items.
Most likely in those days, we’d find one present that was our heart’s desire but mostly the gifts we received were practical ones, like shoes or long underwear for the cold winter nights. We did not receive multiple gifts.
They say anticipation is greater than realization and that was never truer than when we made out our lists during the depression.
If you could ask for only one Christmas present, what would it be? I suppose it would depend on your age and your circumstances.
After we have opened our gifts, perhaps some of us will feel like the little boy who told his mother he was writing thank you notes, asking her how to spell “disappointed.”
I imagine a person in a nursing home in poor health would ask for good health.
A person separated from a loved one due to military service or other reason, would wish for their safe return.
If you are unemployed, a job would be high on your list.
A deaf person might ask for hearing to be restored to be able to hear the beautiful Christmas songs.
We take many things for granted like the gift of sight so we can see all the beautiful decorations that surround us at this time. One, in particular, that I am enjoying this year is the bay window across the street where a neighbor has several lighted candles.
Listing these things is easy and a natural assumption. So if we have all the above mentioned things now, we should give thanks and forget about wishing for more, for we would be truly blessed.