There’s a scene I love from one of the cheesy, tissue required, made for tv Christmas movies. A girl is handed a beautifully wrapped gift. Instead of immediately tearing into it, she says something to this effect:
Don’t you just love a wrapped present? Before you open it, it could be anything, even a million dollars.
Coming downstairs with my sister on Christmas mornings, I loved the sight of the tree twinkling with Christmas lights and the overflowing pile of sparkly presents underneath. It was a mixed excitement, both for the wonder of what might be there for me and for the surprise in store with the gifts I was giving to the rest of the family.While my sister and I always wrote out wish lists for Christmas, we also knew that there was no guarantee we’d get what was on our lists. One particular Christmas, my wish list included a perfume I’d fallen in love with. Mom pulled me aside a few weeks before Christmas to tell me that she had looked at it, hoping to give it to me, but that this brand was a little more than she & Dad planned to spend. Imagine my surprise when the last, smallest present I opened on Christmas Day was a tiny bottle of that very perfume! That was a gift that contained something bigger than I could imagine.
So why am I discussing Christmas presents a week late? One reason I love New Year’s is that the future year is like one last present for each of us to unwrap. On New Year’s Eve, you’re holding a beautifully wrapped gift. It could hold anything. The coming year could be the unexpected surprise you’ve been longing for. There is more promise and hope tonight than at any other time of year.
So now is the time to dream big. As this year unfolds, what could happen? One hope I have for 2011 is to develop this blog into regular conversations with you. I also would love to explore several hobbies that I’ve tinkered with and find one that I can pursue and excel at.
Take time tonight or sometime this weekend to stop and reflect on your hopes and dreams for 2011. What can you put on your wish list for the new year?