Christmas Wishes



One of my favorite photos of Miss A. (photo by Jamie Kral) 2010

Dear Santa,

I’ve been pretty good this year.  A few blips here and there and I haven’t eaten as well I know I should, but other than that, I’ve made the mountainous climb to get where I am today.  You see Santa, I am a survivor.  No, I don’t have cancer and I am ever-so-thankful for that.  But I survived an entire year as a widow.  Being single has some major disadvantages when you’ve been a “couple” for so long.  I’ve been to church more this year too and I’m still trying to find the best fit for me in His house.

I haven’t written a letter to Santa in probably 45 or more years so this is tough for me to figure out exactly what I want, but I will give it a try.

  1. Peace for my six year-old granddaughter to not be so sad about her Papa and to not be disappointed when you don’t deliver her Papa to her on Christmas morning.
  1. Just one dream where I can see Keith with his big smile and hear his laugh and hear him say, “not a problem, honey.”

Thanks from your friend,


The rest of my wishes come to me in prayer:

  1. Peace that passes all understanding for my friends who have lost children and I have many who fit this category. There are no words to console a grieving parent though words are all that we have.  Age is not a factor when you lose a child; it’s just not supposed to happen that way to our human mind.
  1. Health to those who are struggling with illness and better treatment options for those with rare diseases, like appendix cancer, when the tried and true treatments don’t work.  Is a cure too much to pray for?
  1. Friendship for those who are lonely and struggle to face the day and for my friendships to be strengthened in the new year.
  1. Work for those who seek it and helping hands for those who are unable.
  1. I pray for the world to see random acts of kindness, with a focus on peace without hatred and bias, both within the media and in our hearts.

Amen.  Merry Christmas – Happy Birthday, Jesus!  I hope all of your Christmas wishes come true, too.  God bless you.

7 thoughts on “Christmas Wishes

  1. Love you and your wonderful heart, Therese. Such lovely, heartfelt wishes, and I share them too. May you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. ❤



  2. It’s been so touching and sad to read about Keith’s decline from cancer. Your deep love for each other has been inspiring. Your continued posts and involvement in the PMP site is heartwarming. This letter to Santa brings on my tears. Good for you for sending such a beautiful letter, sharing your sentiments and putting into words for others to read.

    Congratulations in your 1 year mark and on your courage and spirit!



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