I hope that all is well with you. Christmas Time is my all-time favorite season of the year. I hope that a lot of you can relate. However, as I have gotten older, the significance and perspective on what the holiday means to me has changed. Growing up Christian, I knew that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but think about all of the material items that I yearned for. Fast forward to the present as an 18 year old woman, my wants and desires have shifted from material items to things of substance. I was inspired by the Natalie Cole song, “Grown Up Christmas List” where she discusses her desires as an adult during Christmas time. If you do not know this song,take a listen:
So here’s my “Grown Up Christmas List
- World Peace: The state of the world has been concerning to me lately. There has been so much violence and hatred especially in my nation of America. With the advent of our controversial President elect, all I can do is pray for the state of America and the world. This may sound cliche but love and peace can conquer all problems.
- Godly Love: As I’ve mentioned above, I am a Christian. I am not ashamed of my faith and with this in mind, I believe that a relationship with God is something to strive for. At this stage of my life I am content with my singleness. That is why my wish-list is to love on God and have his love be exemplified on my life.
- Black Lives Matter: As an African-American woman, I can’t help but notice the lack of reverence and respect society has for black lives. It’s heartbreaking to hear about all of the shootings and deaths that have occurred and are occurring on the primary basis of race. That is why this Christmas, I wish and pray for a change in the world. I want 2017 to be a year free of race-related deaths. Is that too much to ask for?
- Joy: 2016 has proven to be one of the best years of my life. I have been filled with so much happiness and joy that I can not begin to explain. I have grown accustomed to a happy life. Therefore, I want continual joy in my life this Christmas and for the rest of my life. What is life if you can’t enjoy it? Joy is one of the greatest blessings one can have in life. Without it you will not be content.
Well, that is all I can really think of for now. Let me know what is on your Christmas list.