As it is every year, my Mom will call and ask what I want for Christmas. She is an amazing and generous person and having her for a Mom has spoiled me since childhood. Each year I would share certain items that I want or mention stores I shop at in order to assist her in her shopping excursions. However; over the past few years it has become more and more difficult to come up with things I “want” and/or “need”.
The reality is that over the past several years as I’ve watched family members battle (and lose their fight) against cancer I have come to realize that what I really want for Christmas (as well as the rest of the year) cannot be bought at any store.
What I really want for Christmas:
- My Mom to be free of breast cancer and able to live without the fear of re-occurrence.
- My Aunt Josie to not have suffered with multiple health issues over the last few years and have not lost her battle with bladder cancer September 26th of this year.
- My Dad to not have lost his wife Helen (who absolutely adored him) 3 years ago to an aggressive lung cancer.
- For my family to spend time together creating wonderful memories.
- To be less focused on stuff and more focused on the people around me.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s always nice to get presents for Christmas, however; the best present I can give or receive is the gift of being present with those I love, because we never know what next year will bring.
Merry Christmas and may you have a healthy and happy holiday surrounded by those you love.