My Grown Up Christmas List

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We've all heard the song, the one where a grown up asks for only non-material items for the world. If you haven't heard it, a Google Search will quickly return many YouTube videos and lyrical sites for the song. Every time I hear the song by any artist, I get teary-eyed and think how much better the world would be if even just one of those things could happen. I heard the song this morning while I was sitting in my van waiting for the school bus and it made me think of all the things I would add to the list if I had the chance. Of course the original suggestions are great, but we can always use more good in the world, right? Some of my requests are a little more personal about my family, but since this is my list and they are things I truly want, I am going to include them.

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Here is MY grown up Christmas List

  • A more compassionate world. People can be so cruel and it scares me to see so little caring and compassion between men, women, and even children. If the world is this way now, how will it be when my children are grown up themselves? I want to know the world will be more compassionate for every child's sake.
  • Good parents for every child. Too many children are mistreated, neglected, and hurt every day. Each child deserves at least one parent who would die to protect him or her. Every time I see a missing or hurt child, a piece of my heart dies. It doesn't have to happen, and it shouldn't.
  • Excellent health for my parents. I know this one is unrealistic because as people age their health is going to deteriorate eventually. But I want my parents around forever and to be happy to be alive. That isn't to say they aren't healthy and happy, I simply worry about them.
  • Financial security for everyone. I have heard so many sad stories lately about people losing their homes, older people losing retirement and having to work again, and young people having to work 2 or 3 jobs just to stay afloat. I would love to see everyone at least have their needs met.

  • No more violence. People hurt each other every day and there is no need for it. There is no point in shooting someone because he slept with your wife or beating someone to death because they live differently than you. We need to embrace differences and appreciate them. The world would be so boring if we all were exactly the same.
  • More time with my husband. OK, so this is one of the stingy requests. I would love to have more time with my husband. He works a lot and I feel as though he is never home. I enjoy my time I do get to spend with him and I would like more of it.
  • A visit with my brother. He is in the Navy and has been gone from home for a little over 7 years. I have not met his youngest son and he has not met my two youngest daughters. I would love to have a small reunion so the kids can meet and I can make sure he is OK. I worry about my family endlessly and physically seeing my brother and his boys would make me feel better. I miss them like crazy, especially this time of year.
  • The end of the war in Iraq. I want the war to end for many reasons, too many to write about. But I want everyone to come home safe and be with their families. One of my young coworkers (22) is leaving for Iraq right after Christmas and I want him to stay home with his Mom and Dad. My stepbrother and his new wife are leaving for Iraq in January and I want them to stay home and enjoy being married. Not to mention, my kids adore the two of them and I know they will miss them and worry about them, too.

 Editor's Note:  My stepbrother and his new wife are not leaving until March.  I got the dates confused.

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Cris A profile image

Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I wish your wishes will all come true and this will be a better world (sigh)


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you, Cris. I hope they do too. The holidays should be a happy time, but sometimes they get me so down.


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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

i know, i can relate to that. At times I feel that Christmas really is for kids...


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

I feel it is too. I am happiest at Christmas when I see my kids enjoying the songs, presents, and family time.


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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

your kids?! thought you were one! well at least basing on your profile pic! LOL


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

Ha! Didn't your Mother ever tell you flattery gets you no where? Anyways, thanks. I will indeed take that as a compliment considering the last bday I just had was a sad, sad milestone.


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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

You should because it is a compliment! I'm not one for putting people on just to say something :D so what happened on your last bday? or what didn't happen? ie if you don't mind sharing


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

I hit the big 30 : (


Cris A profile image

Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Oh that! LOL don't worry 30 is the new 20! so you're practically just starting! and if it makes it any easier to deal with, I'm way older than you and I'll ALWAYS be older than you! :D


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

Hey...that actually DOES make it easier to deal with :) Thanks!


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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

wish they'd put a chat room here somewhere! :D


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

If they did, everyone would flock to the site because it would have all the best features in one place...and then I'd never be able to sign in. Dang dial-up.


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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

dial up you said? God I remember the time I had no broadband connection and dialling was really a test of patience! Come to think of it, I WAS a very patient person then! LOL


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

Yah, you should see how long it takes me to make a decent hub. Dial-up is why I do not include videos.


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BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

There is one Christmas carold that still brings tears to my eyes when I hear it .. especially the last couple of verses: "I heard the Bells on Christmas day"

And in despair I bowed my head:"There is no peace on earth," I said,"For hate is strong and mocks the songOf peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,With peace on earth, good will to men."

Your hub has a similar impact on me.


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Ardie 8 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you for the lovely comment. I love the song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" too...it is so beautiful. Perhaps if I keep the last couple of verses in mind, I will make it through - knowing right will prevail.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

This is the most beautiful grown up christmas list I have ever read. I truly hope every one of them come true for you and I pray that you get to see your brother so that you both can see all the kids...that is way too long that he's been gone. Have a wonderful christmas holiday!:)


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Lgali 7 years ago

very nice list


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Dottie, You have a wonderful Christmas holiday too and thank you for the nice comment.  I was so proud of this hub when I finished it because I actually shared my feelings - not something I do often.  Sadly, I dont think I'll get to see my brother for another year or so.  He's in the Navy and due for an 8-12 month tour soon. 

Hi Lgali, thank you for your nice words.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Ardie....this is an exceptional hub IMO and have every reason to be proud. Thanks too for the holiday wishes.


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you : )


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

This is a great list Ardie, you got a big heart.


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you goldentoad!


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Rob Jundt 7 years ago from Midwest USA

There is a lot of wisdom and heart in this list. Thanks for sharing!


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you for such a nice comment. Of all I've written so far, I think this is my personal favorite :)


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moonlake 7 years ago from America

Great Christmas list. Hope you get everything on your list. Another wish I would add is that we start taking care of our earth.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Hi Ardie! Another thought provoking and generous hub! You are such a caring person. I wish you a very merry Christmas!


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello moonlake, I hope I get the things too. I just heard the song earlier today and I was explaining the words and meaning of them to my daughters. Taking care of Mother Earth is indeed another wonderful request. We are nothing without the Earth.

Hi Christoph, Thank you very much. Every once in a while I have a 'deep' moment :) I wish you a very Merry and safe Christmas too. It is now Christmas Eve day and I am so excited!


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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

This sounds like something you could send to Barack Obama! :) No material things can compare with the items on this list. Thanks for this great Hub


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi glassvisage, Could you imagine if he actually took it to heart?! The World would be a much better place, plus I'd get to see my brother! :) Thanks for reading.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

A very good list! Though Christmas has come and gone, I might do this as a resolution list. Thanks for the inspiration.


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you! It would be great for even one thing to come true. Even though Christmas is indeed over, I still wish for them all :)


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

It's not Christmas but I still want all these things NOW


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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

You've got a great Christmas list here. I hope that you get many of them :)


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Pinkchic, I hope so too. It'll be 3 years since I wrote this and I havent gotten the things yet. But I have hope.


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angela p 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

Very Inspiring. We all get caught up in material things during Christmas. This hub kind of smacked me in the face and made me realize what is really important!


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you angela! I'm so glad to see you moving around :) this is one of my favorite hubs of my own because even three years later I STILL feel just as strongly about all the items I listed. Maybe even more now than ever. This also reminds me I should mix in a happy Christmas hub soon!

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