All I Want For Christmas
… is more consideration of special dietary needs.
I love Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hanukkah but, honestly, sometimes the holiday season can feel overwhelming. Demands and expectations can take over our lives and make everything seem a bit more difficult. Little things suddenly become bigger. Like stopping by on a regular visit to see an elderly aunt but now you think you should bring a gift. Do you need to buy something for the neighbors? For work colleagues? For the kids’ teachers and coaches? Should you take part in that gift exchange even when you’re pinching pennies this year? Go out for that expensive group lunch? And what is it that people really want, anyway? I’d like to forgo the shopping mall marathon and opt for homemade gifts instead. I love the sentiment but what will people say?
And speaking of sentiment, I like to take a breath after Thanksgiving and look back over the year to count my blessings. I make a mental list of the people who were there when I really needed them. A friend who said a thoughtful word. A medical person who took extra time to explain. A reader who offered a kind tip. Even the utility guys who worked so hard to bring my power back. It always turns into a long list. There are a lot of blessings out there if you take the time to count them.
Here’s my Christmas wish – not for a “thing” or more stuff, not even for “peace on earth and goodwill to men.” My Christmas wish is for all of us. I wish for one person who’ll bring an allergy-friendly dish to this year’s company holiday potluck. I wish for a family member who will fully understand how challenging it can be to take care of a child with special dietary needs. I wish for a friend—someone who “gets it”—to walk with and talk with just an hour or so each week.
Share your wishes. If someone were to ask you what you want from Santa this year, what would you tell them?