I was delighted to receive your Christmas letter.
Thank you also for asking how Mrs. Claus is doing. She is quite fine, although keeping busy trying to keep all the elves well-fed and warmly dressed (they, much like you, don’t like wearing their hats and gloves!).
After I received your letter, I thought it would be a good time to write you back. You see, this year, there is something very special that I want for Christmas. I hope you will be able to help me.
I know you know the story of baby Jesus – remember when you asked your mom why he was bundled in “wadded up” clothes? Yes, that’s him. The one whose parents had nowhere to go, so after he was born was placed in a manger. But the night of his birth was so magnificent, the Heavens opened above, and angels sang from on high. Important kings came to offer him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (which are kind of like iPods – very expensive and a little inappropriate for a young child).
But do you know what gifts Jesus liked the most? The gifts from the children – the children who had nothing but themselves to give. No presents. No money. Just the gifts of their smiles. And their talents. And their hearts. And do you know why he liked the children the best? Because he knew – and he still knows – that children are the ones who can help him spread the message of peace, and love, and of joy to the world.
Now I know that some of your friends don’t believe in Jesus or me. And that’s OK. Everyone is different. But I bet if you asked them – and especially if you asked the adults – they would tell you what they want most for the world is peace, love and joy. But the truth is, we can’t really leave it up to the adults. I know they have good intentions, but, between you and me, they’ve kind of messed this world up a bit lately. They get busy, and frustrated, and overwhelmed, and cranky. In all their rushing around, they can sometimes forget what really matters. And sometimes, they get very tired hearing all the bad news that seems to be happening, and forget what a wonderful world this really is, and how many good people live in it.
So what we really need is your help, and all the children’s help, to remind the adults what matters most. Because you see, I only have one night, but you have 365 days every single year to make magic happen, to share peace and love and joy. And I know that you and every other child in this world can probably do that better than any adult -- in all that you already have, and in all that you are.
So, what do you say? Will you help me with MY wish this Christmas? I hope so. Because I’m really counting on you.
I love you more than you’ll ever know.
P.S. Try to be patient with your little brother.