What I Want For Christmas

Posted by Tom Locke on December 22nd, 2012 filed in Education, General, History, Life

I used to drive my oldest daughter, Cathy, nuts growing up when she would ask, “Dad, what do you want for Christmas?” and I would reply, “Happiness”.

As she got older, more educated and out into the working world, my perrenial answer started making sense to her.  She also began valuing the simple things in life and even gave me a book one Christmas, titled simply, “Happiness”.  I keep that book by my bed and leaf through it from time to time.

Recently, I questioned myself as to when I started to value “Happiness” at Christmas time.  Going through some old quotes about Christmas, I came across one from Bob Hope.  I immediately remembered hearing it for the first time in my early teens.

Mr. Hope said:  “When we recall Christmas past, we usually  find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

Thanks Mr. Hope.

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