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Wishes For Christmas
A compilation of Christmas Wishes - From Year to Year to Year
When I started this lens in 2008,I did a little investigating and discovered some pretty powerful wishes, and common themes in what people wish for Christmas and during the Holidays. I have to say many wishes are really special. Many people's wishes reflected hard times, others have very specific wishes, mostly in the technology sector. Some were really heartfelt and personal. Even though Christmas comes around every year, I am still awed by the inspiration I find through the Holiday spirit that abounds during this time. Hope, Love, Peace. These things are timeless!
2009 trends were about people either staying home or spending more time at home, so I'm seeing "home" as a theme, and, a lot of buzz about Christmas Cards, both in the "getting" and the "giving" ideas. .
2010 was another lean year, and though people were shopping more, it was still for more budget-friendly items. Novelty gifts were popular, handmade gifts, and gifts of nature, or relating to nature, or "green" gifts.
2011 Is shaping up to be a combination of mod and vintage, silver/white & grayed blues mixed with traditional red and green, with jewel tones and peacock feathers thrown in for good measure. Sounds like quite a mix, actually, but the mood seems subdued, back to nature and less is more. It's not a sad theme but a less materialistic feel. Use the fushsia & blue for a little flair here and there. Cable knits are in, as are rough textures and imperfections. Driftwood, wire, earthy browns, raisin and plum will be on display in homes and shop windows everywhere. Gifts sure to be a hit in 2011 are the I-Pad 2, Nintendo 3DS, and Lego Ninjago. One of the smartest trends is buying decorations you can use after the holidays.
In 2012, Christmas was a little out of whack for our family, with several challenges such as illness and a flood, a car wreck and other things, but overall, we survived with a bit of resolve to weather all things with a peaceful heart and respect for each other, gratitude for our health and ability to get through the crises. The tragic school shooting in Connecticut a couple of weeks before Christmas put us all in a bit of a somber and reflective mood, determined to love each other above all else. My favorite gift was a book by one of my late father's students - by Jonathan O'dell. This book is a real treasure and I highly recommend! The Healing
2013 was a year of change for our family. We lost my mother, and my son and oldest nephew started wanting more "grown up things" in the way of gift certificates or cash. There are TONS of ways to give gift cards it turns out. Some more expensive than others. It's almost (no it is) overwhelming! My wish list included an old fashioned boom box, my son wanted a bean bag chair, and my husband just wanted us all out of his hair. Seems like a throwback to the 70's! I enjoyed finding new ways to give, and am more thankful now for friends than ever.
Random thoughts from a simple Question
What do you wish for this Christmas?
Random Christmas wishes from my online community:
To find someone to help...I wish to find a service opportunity.
A tiny Christmas tree.
To be Home for Christmas.
Gourmet Chocolate Pizza!
To get spring bulbs in the ground in time.
Family, wine, food, ice skating and love.
Couple of inner tubes & reflector for used bike.
Clean floor for 25 Christmas dinner guests.
My two front teeth.
For people to Register to donate bone marrow and save a life.
Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve.
For everyone to have good manners.
To stay well.
Starbucks for the troops.
To build a train table.
An electric blanket.
BIKINIS & Money.
To feed seals.
Peace of mind.
A new washer
To feel like I have a place in the world even for a little bit.
To be at peace with whatever the moment brings.
The only thing that I want for Christmas Is A job.
A healthy planet.
To survive Melanoma.
Money to pay for my medical bills.
Winter membership for the family to the Children's Museum.
I wish to bring her a special gift from my heart to let her know that she has shown great courage and love...
I want to listen to my son play guitar.
An Organic Cotton Bath Robe.
Hometown Favorites - from my Papa and Nana's in Jacksboro, TX
My Grandparents were "home" for my Mom, and we visited every Christmas. It is funny some of the things that always remind me of those times. Candies that my Nana always had out at Christmastime were no exception!
Coffee Nips held that "forbidden" flavor...what a treat! And oh those King Leo peppermint sticks that melted in your mouth? So yummy!
And don't forget the Hershey's kisses! No special fancy wrapping, just the plain silver back then!
The most beautiful of all? Ribbon candy! (I almost hated to eat it it was so beautiful!)
My Nana used to keep a dish of these out on the kitchen bar area. It made me feel so grown up to eat candy that tasted like coffee. They are so good and so chewy.... I have never tasted anything yet quite like them.
What is Christmas?
Christmas, children, is not a date.
It is a state of mind.
Mary Ellen Chase
Giving, in its simplest form - Can be the best gift someone receives all year.
Giving all year can be simple too. I have a friend who provides a service that will send cards for you all year long. This works not only for those on a strict budget, but also for those who are apt to forget important birthdays, anniversaries, or other important dates.
Cute Animal Wishes - Yuletide Chorus
Peace on Earth - Goodwill to Men
The very popular wish for Christmas that never grows old.
Home for Christmas
Reindeer Getting ready for Christmas!
Lego Ninjago - Ninja, Go!
Characters: Sensei Wu, Kai, Zane and Nya minifigures and Lord Garmadon, Samukai, and Kruncha figures
Weapons: Scythe of Quakes, Nunchucks of Lightning, Shurikens of Ice, Dragon Sword of Fire, 3 golden swords, 2 silver swords, 3 black swords, 1 spear, 1 thunder bolt, 1 bone axe, 1 staff and 2 daggers
Temple splits to release Fire Dragon
favorite of my son at age 10
Charitable and Eco-Friendly!
Many people are moving from traditional gift giving to a charitable alternative. Instead of giving gifts to someone who doesn't need (or necessarily even want) anything, give to a charity in their name instead. Most reputalble charities offer some form of alternative giving gift certificates, which makes it really simple for both the giver and the recipient. Don't forget you get a tax deduction for many of these alternative gifts as well!
photo credit: The Daily Green "20 Ways to give without giving 'stuff'"
Merry Christmas from Our House - Our Tree and Christmas Teddy
Sending warm Holiday wishes to all!
We love to add stuff to the list!