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Reflections on Christmas wishes

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By Carolyn Risner

I wish I had money to buy gifts for all the people who touch my life in the course of a year.

But if I did, you would be calling me Oprah instead of Carolyn, because those people are legion.

Each year I write a Christmas letter to the family and friends I communicate with less than I should and this year as I thought of a summation, I knew what it had to be:

"Except for a few minor things, I am very, very happy."

And when I think about those minor things that trouble me, I realize how blessed I am.

While Thanksgiving may be the time set aside for giving thanks, it is Christmas that makes me pause and reflect.

For the first time in many years, there is nothing I need–or want–for Christmas.

Two years ago I facetiously asked Santa to help my daughter find a job that utilized her degree. Two weeks later she was gainfully employed.

I asked that Santa allow Nick to get into a major at UGA.

Last week, Nick fulfilled all his classes for a degree and once an internship is complete, he can graduate.


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