3 Things I Want for Christmas

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP


I am part of a group who agreed to a gift giving plan this Christmas in which we suggest to each other three things we would like for Christmas. I suspect you may have encountered this approach to Christmas gift giving yourself.

It’s not that I don’t want gifts! But it is hard to make suggestions, it feels funny and oddly uncomfortable. I’m having a hard time naming my three things because I keep thinking of really BIG things like an end to the war in Syria, a ban on assault weapons, or that Donald Trump would drop out of the presidential race.

Jesus says in Luke 11:10, “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” What I really want is a peaceful and happy celebration of Jesus’ birthday. So dear God, taking Jesus’ words to heart, here are three things I want for Christmas:

Gift 1. GRATITUDE: God, help me to appreciate the people I love and care about. Help me to be more mindful of their place in your world, their generosity and kindness. Remind me how much I am a better person because of them and remind me to offer a “thank you” to them that comes from the heart.

Gift 2. QUIET
 MOMENTS: The pace of Christmas is too fast and demanding, so dear God, please slow me down so I can enjoy the pleasure of your company. Help me to notice you more often in my encounters with others. Help me to unplug and breathe deeply.

Gift 3. COURAGE: The courage to make this Christmas Season a truly happy and peaceful time. Dear God, help me to say “no thank you” when I need to say 3ChristmasPresentsno, to regroup and to refocus when the demands of this Season seem overwhelming and I feel unsettled and unsure. Help me be a peaceful person and a peaceful presence to others. It takes courage to keep your cool in stressful times, so dear God, give me the courage to maintain an inner focus on what really matters and let go of the rest.

To be honest, a new iPad would be really nice, but I would rather focus on making my holidays a more peaceful and happy time because I know God knows what I need the most.

What do you want for Christmas?

Posted in Weekly Word

9 responses to “3 Things I Want for Christmas

  1. Sister Ann:
    My heart is full as I read your beautiful, wanted gifts. My prayer is that you receive all three, through the Trinity of God the Father, Son, and Hy Spirit. May His Blessings fall down upon you everyday, like soft warm raindrops around you.
    Much love,

  2. Thank you, Anne. My prayer is that God grants you all of what you desire and MORE. May God grant all of us a bit of the same gifts. Many thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you Anne, for your thoughtful article on what you want for Christmas. May God grant you all three.
    This helps us to think about what is really important. Now I am going to go and pray about what I really want/need for Christmas.

    Peace. Joan

  4. Dear Anne,
    Thank you for your beautiful reflections on “I want for Christmas.”
    I appreciate the gifts you suggested. They are so important to receive. I pray you receive your
    three gifts. I know that is what I would like to
    ask for. A Blessed Christmas.

  5. I really appreciate your writings. The longer I am at Sansbury, I realize material things are nice; however, not my wishes anymore. The three things I want for Christmas are a deeper relationship with Jesus, to be active enough to share my smile and thankful, mindful, for the caring staff here.

  6. I don’t know about the other readers, but the 3 gifts elaborated on sound just right for me too! And who among us Dominicans wouldn’t like to see a Trump-less Republican ticket!! (Of course it’s ok that he’s in the debates–makes for great entertainment!)Let’s pray for the gift of a great and wise President, too, as we really need one–

  7. Thanks for the wonderful message you sent today, Anne. I want the same things you mentioned for my Christmas this year, too. It has been wonderful to celebrate my 60th anniversary this past year and the wonderful life I have had as a Dominican. Peace, Joy, Love and Hope for a wonderful 2016 for us all.

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