Dear Santa

Dear Santa,


This time of year always reminds me of my childhood, when I would eagerly sit down to write you letters with a compilation of all the things that I truly felt I could not live without. Year after year, you came through—not with everything, I see now that would have been gluttonous—but with the important things.


Let’s not play games, Santa. I have done this countless times, albeit in my younger days, but I know the routine. I give you a list and you give me the stuff—or, as I’ve learned, the most important stuff. Right? Nope, not this time around. This year, I am changing it up, Santa. This year, I say, “Keep your stuff.” That’s right, I said it. Keep. Your. Stuff!  I am sick of it. It clutters my home, even my mind. So, this year, keep it!


Wait, don’t move to the next stuff-requesting letter just yet. I do want to ask for something. Mind you, it’s not for me; it’s for humanity. I am not requesting that you put an end to disease, hunger or shoppers trampling each other to death buying things they think they need exactly one day after giving thanks for all they had. I know you are just a magic man in a red suit from my childhood who perhaps has not yet taken the self-help steps needed to grab hold of his own weight problem (“Pound-Shedding Workouts: Best Exercises from Yoga to Cardio” has some great tips for shedding the pounds and keeping them off.)


The gift that I am putting on my list is a mighty powerful one. This gift will bring a person peace when suffering, courage when attempting, love when questioning and hope when doubting. I am talking about faith. This year, all I want for Christmas is faith. For those people that already have faith, make it stronger; for those that are struggling to relocate lost faith, make it visible; and here’s the tough one: For those folks that have absolutely no faith at all, let them discover it.


That’s it. That’s all I want for Christmas. I know this whole letter thing is a quid pro quo arrangement, so in return for granting humanity with the gift of faith—renewed, stronger or new—you will get a nice glass of organic milk; three homemade sugar-free, gluten-free cookies (I can’t promise they will taste good); and some kale for your reindeers. What do you think? Is it a deal?


In faith,


Shannon Knight



PS: I’ll also leave you a copy of this month’s Natural Awakenings for you to share with Mrs. Claus. She’ll probably enjoy the recipes in “Simple Sheet Pan Suppers”—I’m sure you’ll be ready for a yummy Spaghetti Squash “Noodle” Bowl when you return home.

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