December 6

Written by Bill Grandi on December 6th, 2021

I read an interesting, funny, but true statement the other day:

Here’s how a Christmas list shifts over a person’s life: when we’re young, we make the list; when we’re middle aged, we fund the list; when we’re old, no one can figure out what should be on the list.”  (Goff-#337-p.390)

I chuckled. I’m in that latter group these days. I honestly want for nothing so I don’t know what to ask for. “What do you want for Christmas dad?” Answer: blank mind and stare (and no it is not dementia).

I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be when you think about it.  At my age a contentment, a settledness, should be part of my demeanor.

Here’s another factor: Jo and I are in the act of purging. We have taken bags of clothing and other stuff to various places. We have seen “FREE” furniture disappear out of our driveway.  We still have more. So it begs the question: why would I want more? One year I asked everyone not to give me anything but to send what they would have spent on me to a mission I designated. Only one that I know of did so. It is coming to that again I think.

How about you? What is your approach to giving? I’m curious to hear.

“Father, help me to keep things in perspective this Christmas. Help me not to get carried away with wants, desires, or even gift-giving.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I’m in 100% agreement. Keeping it in perspective and the focus on Christ is the most important. I do not see anything with giving or receiving gifts, but it can be over done.

    I too am at an age where I really don’t have anything that I want that would fit into a reasonable Christmas budget other than time together, a meal shared, and good laughs and conversation.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I like your last thought Ryan: a meal shared, a meal shared, good laughs and good conversation. Doesn’t get much better than that.

      • Ryan S. says:

        I noticed you have a meal shared twice… Knowing you (and me), I suspect that was intentional.

        • Bill Grandi says:

          Yep you know me so well. I was interrupted when I typed the first one and failed to notice. DUH!

  2. I’m right there with you, Bill. There isn’t anything I want that I can’t live without, unless it’s a book – lol!
    I did not get this reflection in my inbox, but was able to track it down on Google. I’m going to try to resubscribe while I’m here today and see what happens.
    Glad you had a great trip!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks for letting me know Martha. If you have problems let me know. I’ll ask Ryan to check into it.