Instead of long “I want” lists, the darlings carefully choose what they most want and need. Whew. It sure makes Santa’s job easier. Santa especially loves the “one thing to light up the world.” Because the world surely does need hope and light.
This year, as we try to “light up the world,” we’re going to focus on serving more locally. For instance, Mert is in the veteran’s home this year, his first Christmas without his Bertha. He sits by the elevator, waiting for someone to visit. Wouldn’t it be lovely to jump out of the elevator with kisses and cards?
And then there’s our dear Anne who visits Harry, who is also in the veteran’s home, but Harry can’t remember his beloved wife’s name. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to play secret Santa?
How about caroling Mr. Goody who lives alone in that big house?
Or how about that coat drive at the elementary school? Of the food pantry which always empties as soon as it’s full?
It’s a busy time of year, but I’m trying to slooooooow down this bus, to look around, and do something for someone else. Funny how that makes for such a magical Christmas.