Children’s ‘Grownup Christmas List’ shows the essence of the season
by Don McKee
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This Christmas Day may we cherish the priceless gifts that are not under the tree or wrapped in shiny paper. (This column ran December 23, 2011.)

Sixth graders in Gilmer County Middle School wrote a “Grownup Christmas List” as an assignment — “a window into the hearts of our middle schoolers,” said Jean Wheeler, language arts and social studies teacher. Their wishes will tug at your heart strings, for they go to the very essence of this season.

“For homeless people to get a home.”

“For people to care about each other.”

“World peace.”

“For my family to be fixed again.”

“A dad who doesn’t leave us, one who would help us if we were in need, sick, or if we needed a place to stay.”

“For my parents to have a little time to hang out with me and my sister.”

“For all the smokers to stop smoking because it can ruin your life.”

“To find cures for all kinds of diseases so they can save lives.”

“For people who need food to get food.”

“To have enough money to buy new clothes for my sisters.”

“To help kids who are lost.”

“To help the soldiers get home to their families for the holidays.”

“No more brain tumors for my dad.”

“To have all of my family to be healthy and to be together for Christmas.”

“The number one thing that I want is my mom.”

“For my granny to have strength through chemotherapy.”

“To help my church grow.”

“No debt (at all).”

“For us to get a bed.”

“For my mom to be healed from cancer forever.”

“No more drugs, violence or gangs.”

“For my family to love me like they do my siblings.”

“For God to be back.”

“For my family to not be torn apart, that we’re together again, not spread out all over.”

“No more people dying of hunger.”

“A dad that will always care.”

“For my mother to have a little money.”

“For life to be special and amazing just like people always say it can be.”

“To go to Mexico to see my grandmother whom I have never seen.”

“To help all kids who are mistreated by their guardians.”

“Prayers for all the kids whose moms or dads are in the war and to give them comfort.”

“For my dad to have a better job because he comes home tired and his back hurts all the time (that’s all I want).”

“For my grandma to stop taking drugs, talk to my dad and to see her again.”

“No bullying, to respect others.”

“For everyone to have food, a home, water, warmth and most of all love.”

“An open heart.”

“A family’s love.”

“Families together, no matter what.”

“Just something to give my family a home.”

“For the word ‘poor’ to never exist in the world.”

“That children would never cry under their covers.”

“I pray to God that he will fix our water and take away the ants where we will not have to move this Christmas.”
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