My Christmas wish for you

Christmas morning should be fun at my house and I may be more excited for Santa Claus than my son who is a month shy of his third birthday.  My son has Christmas figured out, he knows Santa is coming and he knows Santa will be bringing him goodies and he knows exactly what he wants – EVERYTHING! 

Every TV commercial and every catalog that comes in the mail has something my son wants.  We got a RoadRunner catalog in the mail last week and my son wanted every single pair of shoes on every single page of the magazine….

My Christmas wish for you is that you approach Christmas morning, family gatherings and time with loved ones just as a three-year old would.  A three-year old is interested in “the gift” not what’s inside the gift but “the gift” itself. 

A three-year old is just as excited to open a gift of socks as he is to open a monster truck because what’s inside doesn’t really matter.  We should all try to approach the holidays more like a three-year old.

Too often we get caught up in the need to buy, the need to plan and the difficulty trying to fit in every function or gathering we feel obligated to attend just so we won’t disappoint anyone.  It’s easy to be overstressed and overextended when it comes to the holidays.

When you begin to open your first Christmas gift this year pause for just a second and remember that Christmas is about “the gift” not the gift.  What’s on the inside of the wrapping paper isn’t what matters.  What matters is what’s on the outside of the paper and what’s all around you.  No one can give us a perfect gift and no one can give us a gift that’s really what we need, after all, if you could have any gift in the world, it wouldn’t be anything tangible – it would be health and happiness for yourself and those you love.

The real “gift” of Christmas are all those people and all those things that make the season so difficult.  The real “gift” of the season are those you love and those that love you.  It’s not what’s on the inside of the wrapping paper, it’s what’s inside you and the people around you.

My Christmas wish for you is that you experience a portion of your Christmas just the way a three-year old would!

Merry Christmas and because a hospital doesn’t shut down for the holidays I’d like to extend a special thank you to those staff working on Christmas and I know they will do all they can to make an undesirable Christmas for our patients as good as it can possibly be.  The quote below reminded me of the special opportunity our staff working on the holiday have to affect our patients beyond the normal great care they provide.

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s burdens, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays” – W.B. Jones

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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