What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

A handwritten Christmas wishlist.

In just two days, most of us will be surrounded by unruly mountains of wrapping paper and neater piles of the new things we have been given by our loved ones.

With gift-buying season still in full swing – well I’ve still got loads to do and imagine there may be one or two others in the same position – my friends at ActionAid have asked me to write about what was on my Christmas wishlist as a child and what’s on it now.

Then

This will probably sound really nauseating and holier than thou, but I don’t think I ever really campaigned for anything in particular as a kid.

Sure, there were things I wanted and sometimes got but, for the most part, presents were a surprise when I was younger and that was fine with me and my sister.

We were happy kids and didn’t need much. It’s only in adult life that I’ve been spoilt and that’s been by myself with video games!

In terms of the things I wanted, Spurs shirts – stop sniggering at the back – would’ve been up there, as would footballs to replace the inevitably punctured ones in the back garden as well as toys from The Real Ghostbusters range.

A nice Christmas Day with my family was always a given, so that would count as something I wished for too. Well, I like to think I didn’t take it for granted anyway.

Now

I don’t want much now, to be honest. There was a period during my late teens and early twenties when I would have been gutted if I didn’t get what I wanted. I almost certainly wanted too much stuff that I didn’t need too.

But I was well and truly over that long before I became a dad. Now the top item on my Christmas wishlist is for Dylan and Xander to have a magical day and to be well behaved!

Again, I’m hoping for a nice day with the people I care about and am looking forward to spending time with my sister and her gang – who I don’t see as often – as well as my lot, my Mum and Dad and my Grandma.

I think that, if there is anything materialistic that I’m looking forward to, it’s the food! There are a couple of video games and DVDs that I wouldn’t mind owning, but they’re overpriced and I’ve already got more than I have time to enjoy so I wouldn’t mind at all if I don’t get them.

ActionAid

If you’re still looking for a gift for someone who seems to already have everything, you could do a lot worse than sponsor a child on their behalf with ActionAid. It would be a great gift for a family so that the children can get an insight into how different things are elsewhere in the world.

Apparently, the average household spends £312 on gifts, but child sponsorship for a whole year is just £180 – that’s 50p a day. In return, sponsors get a photo of the child they’re helping, two handwritten messages and two newsletters detailing where the money is being spent.

As well as the satisfaction of making a life-changing difference to them, of course. Definitely well worth considering – it’s a gift that keeps on giving to multiple recipients.

What would be on your then and now Christmas wishlist?

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