Dec 06, 2016 01:11PM
By Shannon Knight and Cathy Culp
This time of year always reminds us of our childhood when we would eagerly sit down together to write you letters with a compilation of all the things that we truly felt we could not live without. Year after year, you came through—not with everything, we see now that would have been gluttonous—but with the important things. Thanks especially for Christmas 1978; you hit the nail on the head when you brought us the Charlie’s Angels dolls and the Sgt. Pepper album!
Let’s not play games, Santa. We have done this countless times, albeit in our younger days, but we know the routine. We give you a list and you give us the stuff—or, as we’ve learned, the most important stuff. Right? Nope, not this time around. This year, we are changing it up, Santa. This year, we say, “Keep your stuff.” That’s right, we said it. Keep. Your. Stuff! We are sick of it. It clutters our homes, even our minds. So, this year, keep it!
Wait, don’t move to the next stuff-requesting letter just yet. We do want to ask for something. Mind you, it’s not for us; it’s for humanity. We are 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. We know you are just a magic man in a red suit from our childhood who perhaps has not yet taken the self-help steps needed to grab hold of his own weight problem (Fitness 2017 has some great tips for making resolutions that stick.)
The gift that we are putting on our 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. We are talking about faith. This year, all we 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 we want for Christmas. We 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—at each of our homes, you will get a nice glass of organic milk; three homemade sugar-free, gluten-free cookies (we can’t promise they will taste good); and some kale for your reindeers. What do you think? Is it a deal?
Cathy and Shannon
Co-Publishers and Owners
PS: We’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 “Healthy Holiday Libations” and “Merry Munching”—we’re sure you’ll be ready for some Maple Snickerdoodle Popcorn and a Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy when you return home.