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All I Want for Christmas…

With all of this talk of the start of the Christmas season, I’ve been asked what’s on my wish list. Honestly, I’m happy with the time off and spending it with Vanessa.

But, if you were to twist my arm, there are a few things I’d like to see under the tree this year.

First, I think Apple’s iPhone is on many folks list, including mine. I already have a BlackBerry and I’m not sure if the iPhone’s AT&T plan would be cost efficient. Nevertheless, the iPhone is fun.

More likely, Apple’s iPod Touch (an iPhone without the phone) is the top item on my list. The iTunes App Store with computer-favorites, like Remember the Milk or Facebook, plus some iPod Touch apps like UrbanSpoon are just cool.

I like technological toys, so Amazon’s Kindle would also find a happy home with me. The Kindle is an ebook reader, that among other things, can download new ebooks to itself from anywhere with a Sprint wireless data connection.

On Amazon.com, I have a few wishlists listing various other things I’ve thought were interesting over the years.

All of that being said, I’m not actually wanting of this for Christmas. Every year, for as long as I can remember, I’ve “wished” for various things, most of them were overpriced electronics. Christmas isn’t about getting what you want, or getting anything at all, but about giving to others, about celebrating the coming of the Savior into the world. It’s easy to get swept into the commercialism and materialism that the secular side of the holiday provides, and within limits, it is fun to dream of what cool toys might be found under the tree.

For Christmas, far too many people will go without food, clean water, decent shelter or human companionship. Our focus should not be on ourselves, or the gifts that we want to give or recieve from our families and friends, but rather, how can we become Christ to others? Afterall, Christmas is about Christ coming into the world, so why shouldn’t we make our own Christmas celebration about Christ coming to those left neglected in the world.

Can we do both? Help others and get a cool toy? Sure, but don’t forget which is more important.

By Brandon Kraft

My life is an open-source book.

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