Recently we bought the latest Jane Godwin book to add to our Christmas book collection. It's a sweet story about a little girl trying to think about what wish she wants to add to the Christmas tree that's decorated by all the children in her neighbourhood.
It's a story about thinking about what your own Christmas wish might be.
In our front yard we have a giant Christmas tree. I usually refer to it as "The Big Ugly Tree" as in, you can easily find our house, it's the one with the big ugly tree. I've threatened to have it cut down but too many people seem to think it's a bit of a landmark now. Even the neighbours tell their friends, "We're across the road from the house with the massive big pine tree".
People in the street behind us called over the fence last week telling us we should put lights up the big tree...great idea if you had a gigantic ladder.
But, it's time this tree was made more useful, so this December, the big ugly tree is going to be a Christmas Wishing Tree.
Yesterday we invited some friends to start helping to cut out some stars and they were the first to add their wishes to our tree.
Over the next month we are going to invite anyone who visits, lives nearby, or who wants to, to add their wish to our tree.
The wishes are already heartwarming and I if they continue in this way, we might have a tree loaded with wishes for a better world.
The littlest kids have written wishes to Santa while the bigger types think more about what they wish in the year ahead or for the whole world.
Over the next month these wishes will be swinging on the breeze, baking in the sun, soaked in rain and faded by the weather until the wishes are all floating in this big wide world of ours. And who knows just how many of them might come true.
However you celebrate and whatever your beliefs, there is always time for wishes at Christmas.