Each year, our families have a cyclical Christmas tradition. On Veteran’s Day weekend, everyone makes a list of five to ten things that they want for Christmas that year with the majority of the items less than $20. It’s not so much a list of things that we expect to get for Christmas, but a list of ideas for people who are scrambling for ideas. These lists are then passed around to everyone else – people cross off items if they plan get them, and so forth, so that by the end of the weekend, everyone has their Christmas shopping lists ready (or close to it).
Last year, my son had just been born and I was facing an enormous mountain of debt. Yet I still didn’t “get” it, and thus here was my Christmas list.
Just one year later, a lot of things have clicked for me, and as I began to think of things I wanted, I saw how much these changes had affected my world view. To wit, here’s my wish list for this year’s Christmas:
Needless to say, I received more than a few odd looks when this list began to make the rounds.