I rather liked my letter to Santa last year, so I’ve decided to repost it in case he didn’t get it in time to fulfill my wishes:
For the most part Iâ€™ve been a very good girl this year, more nice than naughty and Iâ€™ve generally tried to be a better person throughout the year. By Santa standards that should qualify me for plenty of loot under the Christmas tree but the truth is I donâ€™t want or need a single thing. Iâ€™m incredibly lucky and the happiest Iâ€™ve ever been in my life. This was not always the case. In fact, itâ€™s the bumps in the road of life that make us truly appreciate the good times. Boomers are now reaching the age where weâ€™re losing friends, partners and family members at an increasing rate. Where we once spent a lot of time and money attending bridal showers, lavish weddings and baby showers, we now attend too many â€˜celebrations of lifeâ€™. Which is why Iâ€™m celebrating the life I have now, every single day.
Over the years, holiday arrangements with family and friends gradually evolved toward less gift-giving and more sharing of good times. Iâ€™ve even heard about parents withholding some Christmas and birthday gifts from the grandchildren because they already have too much and donâ€™t appreciate it. We still remember the younger grandchildren in our family with gifts from Santa but thatâ€™s only until theyâ€™re launched. Everyone has more than enough in material goods and we no longer need to populate landfill with our accumulated and discarded frivolous consumption.
Not having to troll the crowded, over-heated stores and malls for questionable gifts that will only end up at a charity shop has been incredibly freeing. No more Secret Santa exercises and no more heart attacks and bouts of depression when we get our January Visa statement. And, how much does one really need when we have each other? Thatâ€™s more than enough by anyoneâ€™s standards.
- Love, caring and an end to the violence for all victims of abuse.
- A warm, safe bed and home for the homeless.
- Free medical care for the sick and ailing.
- Plenty of healthy food for the hungry.
- Hope for the hopeless.
- Love and a safe environment for all the worldâ€™s children.
- Peace on earth . . .
. . . and to all a good night.