December has arrived and I don't want to stress anyone out, but we now have only 20 days until Christmas. That is 20 short days (480 hours) to grocery shop, gift shop, wrap presents, decorate the tree, put up lights, bake a few cookies, make candy, sleep, work and be ready to welcome the family.
We need to subtract the time we are in church, at work, and ballgames which cuts into those hours.
I have worked at the Town Crier for almost 40 years and I am accustomed to busy Decembers, deadlines, and after hour events. It has never been a 9-5 job but I have enjoyed being part of the hustle and bustle of parades, parties, and cantatas. It usually helps keep me in the spirit of the season.
Our Christmas wish list changes throughout our lives. Some of the changes are due to modern technology, but other changes are due to our age. I need a written, detailed description of any gadget or game my grandchildren want. I am never sure of the compatibility of the games with what they play it on.
A transistor radio with ear plugs and a pair of go-go boots were a big deal in my early teenage years. We moved on to the Atari with Pac Man game for our children. The Atari was our first experience with electronic games. We hooked it up to our television and had a good time. It wasn't like the hand-held gadgets of today, but it was fun. Technology has come a long way in the last 40 years.
We baby boomers have become grandparents and great-grandparents and our wish list has taken a major change. Hopefully, we are not as interested in material things as we are in helping others, being content with what we have, and watching our grandchildren grow up. Every day is a gift.
Today's wish list would include hoping our grandchildren will have a good life and they will be able to reach their goals. We hope there will be careers/jobs for them as they reach adulthood in a field they can be happy in. We wish them happiness and hope in their future as we had in our growing up years.
As we gather with our families for Christmas 2012 let's remember why we celebrate and give thanks we have lived long enough to see our children become adults and share the joyous occasion with our grandchildren one more time.
Don't worry about keeping up with technology because what we learn today will be obsolete tomorrow. Let's leave that to the younger generation.