J13: What We Need For Christmas This Year


J13: Describe your favorite Christmas memory. What do you like about the holiday? Does your family have any special traditions? Anything you don’t like?

Well, call me Ebenezer Scrooge because out of all these lovely Christmas prompts, I’m going to write about my least favorite part of Christmas.  Bah Humbug to you too.  It might surprise you, but my least favorite part of Christmas is this question:

“What do you want?”

I actually dread this question every year.  There’s just nothing I want, and it completely stresses me out to find something to tell desperate relatives.  Okay, so there are things I want, just that they can’t be bought and wrapped up.  What I really want is a merry Christmas.  Truly.

I want a few weeks of peace.  I want to feel ridiculously happy for no reason.  I want a meaningful time with family and friends.  I want to feel a child-like joy at the birth of my savior.  Because that—the peace and the joy—is my favorite part of Christmas.  Only with the craziness and stress, it gets harder and harder to find.

Now I’m not trying to sound all saint-like here.  There actually are some material things I want.  (Namely, books and tea.)  Though really, the more I think about it, the only Christmas gift I—or anyone else—will ever need came in a manger two thousand years ago.  Which is exactly what Christmas is about.

Well look at that.  I admitted to liking Christmas cheer and even ended up telling my favorite part of Christmas.  Perhaps I’m not Scrooge after all.  All that to say, I wish each and every one of you the merriest of Christmases!

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