LEXINGTON, Ky. (12/19/13) — When I was younger, and younger being up to last year, I remember sitting down and writing out a decorative list of the things I wanted for Christmas. Of course as I got older my handwriting and creativity got better.
Do you ever look back and remember that one gift that you received that was “the perfect gift.” Maybe it was your first bike, and you didn’t care how cold it was outside, you went straight out into the snow to ride it while wearing your snowflake pajamas. Maybe it was a necklace you received from your dad when you were 13, letting you know that you had crossed the barrier from being a “little girl” to a “young lady.”
Or maybe it was Christmas morning, 2006, when you woke up to see your first car sitting in the driveway waiting for you to take it for a spin. But maybe it was the first Christmas that you came home from college and opened up your first cookbook and a set of pot and pans, smiling from ear to ear because you couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen.
As I get older though, I don’t necessarily look back at the things that I have woken up to on Christmas morning, but the memories that I have of family and friends. This year is the first year that my sister will not be joining us for Christmas, and if I had one wish on my Christmas list, it would be that she and her family would come to town so we could stay up after everyone went to sleep to drink wine and catch up on life like every other year.
Everyone has one thing that they want for Christmas, so I set out to find what the most longed for thing is this year. I polled some friends on Facebook and here are some of their thoughts:
“All my life, I've had everything I ever needed and much of what I wanted. If I could have one thing I want this year, it would be that everyone who can, would do something to assist those who are 'food insecure,'” said Britt Kennerly. “And that everyone with a conscience would stand up and demand that our government stop playing political games that punish hard-working people who, some for the first time in their lives, might need help buying food for their families.”
Tomi Jean Clifford first listed off a few things like pots, pans and sheets for her “old people list,” but then concluded that she would want something else more than that.
“I really wish our whole family could be together this year. I don't care about material things, but family matters most and it’s sad that we all can't be together,” she said.
Some people just want to financially stable this Christmas.
“I want a job for Christmas,” said T.J. Collins.
“Money for never ending bills,” said Brittney Justice.
“I wish that my student loans would be paid off,” said Katie Hockenberry.
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without spirits and rest, which is probably why this was easily at the top of many people's list.
“Unlimited amounts of wine. It makes the holiday bustle bearable,” said Elizabeth Gibbs.
“All I want for Christmas is rest,” said Duncan Bell.
This Christmas as you mark off items on yours and loved ones lists; remember that no matter what you give or receive it will be something you’ll remember in years to come.
You can’t buy memories, or an extension on your student loans, rest or a missing family member at a store, but you can make the most out of the days spent with your loved ones this holiday season.
SurfKY News Reporter
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