On the eve of Christmas, I thought I would share my own Christmas wish this year. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
When I was a little girl, my mother was always full of the Christmas spirit. Her love of the holiday was contagious and inviting. My sisters and I would eagerly marked off the days until Christmas. It was a time for visiting family, driving to see the thousands of Christmas lights at Clifton Mills and throughout the neighborhood but most importantly, anticipating the wonderful presents under the tree. It was a time of hope and renewed faith in mankind.
On Christmas Eve, my parents and sisters spent the evening with my dad’s family. It was a great time with family, playing with cousins, great food and one present each. It was a time for stories of the past and plans for the future.
Driving home Christmas Eve, I would look up in the sky for proof of flying reindeer and the jolly man in the big, comfy sleigh. Me and my sister would lay in bed hoping to hear the patter of reindeer feet on the roof, the thump of Santa coming down the chimney until finally falling asleep.
Before daylight, my sisters and I would rush down the stairs squealing with excitement as we saw what Santa had left. We spent the entire day playing with our parents and visiting family. I miss those days. I miss the Christmas spirit and the feeling of togetherness of a family.
Then, stores closed early Christmas Eve and were closed for Christmas. You knew to get gas and finish shopping before 6:00 on Christmas Eve. Everyone expected every business to be closed. Why? Because it was a day for family.
Now, families have to schedule time for gatherings around work schedules, because retailers have to push for that one last sale. In a world that has become so materialistic, it is hard to imagine the simpler times. I heard a report recently that in 1920’s, the number one item on children’s Christmas list was candy. Candy? It’s sad to say that that isn't the case anymore.
Santa, what I wish for this Christmas is that our nations can get back to what is important: Christmas spirit and family togetherness. I want to be able to spend the whole holiday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with all my children at the same time and not have to have them leave for work. I want to not be pressured into feeling like Christmas is only about who gets what and how big your pocketbook needs to be.
The retail industry can do without their employees for a few days, just once a year.