When Phinnaeus and Marigold came to visit me last weekend, I gave them each a piece of paper and a pen, and I asked them to write out their Christmas wish lists. I picked up the lists today, and as I looked at them, I realized what nice kids Phinnaeus and Marigold are. Their lists were so sweet, not at all extravagant. And their lists perfectly matched their personalities. One of them had written at the bottom of the list "anything that you think I might like". Omigoodness...
I wish I would win a lottery, so I could afford to buy them all sorts of things. But those would only be things. As I look over Phinnaeus and Marigold's Christmas wish lists, I can read between the lines. They are lists of trust and hope, both of which they already have in abundance. They are two of the very nicest people I have ever known.
When they were very little, a large part of Christmas was about Santa and the presents under the tree. On Christmas Eve we would track Santa's journey around the world, using the NORAD website. "Oh, he's in Nova Scotia, time for us to go to bed now..." This year I sense something different. This year they are more concerned about what they are going to give people, than what they are going to receive. A polar shift... Oh, yes, of course they still want the latest gagdets and doo-dads too, and "anything that you think I might like".
Each of their lists were only five items long, and in those five items, Phinnaeus and Marigold's own distinct personalities were revealed. It makes me chuckle when I look at them. Those lists say everything about who they are. They're worth framing. There has been a bit of a shift in the magnetic poles this Christmas, but I always believe these things are for the good. Invariably, they are for the good... My Christmas wish list for Phinnaeus and Marigold -- and for everyone -- is to just have fun. Christmas is a time to enjoy all the wonders of Christmas, and to just have fun.
"... and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge". ~~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol