I hear you’re kind of a magical dude. I don’t know how far your talents stretch, but I figure if you can make reindeers fly, you can pretty much do anything.
I’ve been trying to think of what I’d like for Christmas this year, but I haven’t got very far. When I’m not drowning in self pity, I can see how lucky I am. There’s not much I want, or need. If you fancy arranging a lottery win, I’d be happy to accept, but that’s pushing my luck.
I think I’ve been good this year. Most of the time, I’ve been too sad or anxious to get into much trouble. I’ve worked hard. I’ve helped others. As far as behaviour goes, I can’t think of any reason why I’d be undeserving of your assistance.
So, I want to ask for four favours, if you wouldn’t mind putting your magic to use. Failing that, I’m assuming you and the other magical powers that be hang out in the same places, so maybe you could put in a good word for me?
Firstly, I’d like to request an amazing 2019 – not only for myself, but everyone I know. 2018 seemed to give us all a pretty rough time. I’d like next year to be the one where we all rise from the ashes. Nothing would make me happier than to see all these hurting people soar, with their pain only serving to drive them further forward, rather than holding them back.
Now, I know that will be a bit tricky to wrap up and leave under the tree, so don’t stress yourself out about that. Maybe just leave a little magic in the homes you visit. That may be enough.
Secondly, there was somebody really special who came into my life this year: my counsellor. She certainly dragged me out of a hole. I’m not sure if she realises the positive impact she has on the lives she touches. If you could make sure her wishes come true this Christmas, that would be wonderful. You know, just as proof that the good we do in this world comes back around to us in some way.
Next, I’d like to ask for a little more strength. For the past few weeks, I feel like I’ve been standing on the edge of a breakthrough. There are things I want to do, but I keep getting in my own way. I’m scared – of being rejected, of failing, of all sorts of things. If you’d be so kind as to give me an extra little nudge, it would be much appreciated.
Finally, please be extra good to the little people in my life. My nieces and my nephew. They bring so much joy into my heart. Over the past 12 months, they have been my rays of sunshine. Even on the days when I lost all sense of self, or found myself lacking purpose, they’ve given me a reason to work harder. Without ever even trying, they’ve helped to fix some broken parts of me. They deserve everything on their wish list, and more.
What do you reckon?
It may very well be the case that you’re restricted to making toys and whizzing around the world in one evening, but I thought I had as good a chance asking you as anyone else.
Should all of this be beyond your capabilities, I’d really like a dog.