I have spent my entire life in a peaceful and safe society, and although I've encountered some obstacles along the way, it's been a fairly charmed journey so far. So when this time of year arrives and my family asks me what I want for Christmas, my answer is always "I don't need anything". And I really don't. As long as the people I love are healthy and happy, my Christmas wishlist is fulfilled.
It is not the same for everyone. The world is plagued with problems and we certainly have a long way to go before "peace and goodwill to all" are more than just words that we pay lip service to. But I believe we can get there. With understanding and compassion and a warm heart and an open mind. And with one act of kindness at a time.
I've gone from wishing for toys and games and candy as a child to the end of the world's troubles as an adult. That would be the greatest gift of all. For everyone.
Have a beautiful day, everyone.