With a Friday Five topic of Holiday Wish List, I expect to see gift guides and stocking-stuffer ideas. I’m interested in seeing what you all suggest, but my holiday wish list is a little different.
Maybe it’s because I’m older, my kids are older, and we all have everything we need, but Christmas is becoming less and less about shopping, wrapping, and gift-giving, and more and more about stepping off the crazy treadmill that is my day-to-day life and spending time with friends and family.
Holiday Wish List
With that in mind, here’s what I have on my holiday wish list:
1. Nice running weather. December has spoiled us so far with relatively mild temperatures, so maybe it is greedy to ask for more nice weather, but I love running this time of the year when I can crank up my Xmas Playlist and enjoy the lights and decorations in my neighborhood.
2. A well-behaved piriformis. Speaking of running, my cranky piriformis is showing signs of recovery and I am wishing hard for an injury-free New Year. I am doing my part with strength training exercises, trigger point massage with a lacrosse ball, and foam rolling, but Christine’s Runner’s Pledge for injury prevention and recovery reminds me that I need to be patient.
3. A quiet week in the office.We are going on vacation in January, so I will be working through the end of December, but I don’t mind as long as all my clients go on vacation and give me a quiet week in the office to catch up and get organized. So, dear clients, please have a nice holiday and don’t push too many items off your “to-do” list onto mine, OK?
4. Fun with family and friends. Even though I will have to go into the office most days, I should be able to escape work early and do fun things like ice skating, catching up on all the movies I still want to see (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, The Martian), baking more cookies, and, yes, even Christmas shopping.
There is a skating rink right at my office
that I haven’t been to yet this year!
5. Peace On Earth. I know it’s cliche, but I really do wish for more peace on earth, or at least more peaceful discourse and respectful debate about how we can make the world a better and safer place for everyone. It’s something I’ve been thinking about and praying about, and trying to do my part doing about. To me, the most important “reason for the season”is to celebrate God’s love for us, and remember that God’s love is bigger and more powerful than any of us can imagine. So, let’s try to keep in that holiday spirit and treat each other with kindness.
What’s on your holiday wish list?