It seems the older I get, the less I want for Christmas. I've reasoned that this is due to several things. First, I have the means to buy something I want when I want it, instead of waiting for someone else to maybe put it under my tree. Second, my house is so full of things I thought I needed, but later realized I simply wanted for a brief moment in time. Third, I value time more than things these days, and that's something you can't buy or give.
In response to the question of what I wanted for Christmas, this is the first year that I've found myself saying, "Spending time with you at Christmas is the only thing I need." It may be a cliche, but there is a profound truth in such a statement and it doesn't have to do with age.
And everyone who's shared a family vacation knows that the more memorable times will be when things go awry, such as playing Pictionary by lantern and flashlight in the garage during a ferocious electrical storm that zapped out the power. That's our most memorable family get-together to date.
|A Walk With Grandma|
So if I can give you one piece of advice to end this year, it's this...cliché or not, spending your time with someone is more valuable than anything money can buy.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our house to yours.
|The Draper's, 2010|