Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Christmas wishes

I'm a regular reader of holiday gift guides and celebrity wish lists, you know, the ones where some ditzy second rate celebrity tries for some positive publicity by telling the tabloids how they want world peace for Christmas?
I like all those lists and if I took notice of them I would be some kind of expert on what's hot & what's not, what's in & what's out, who cares & who doesn't but the reality is that while I love to read them they make me cringe too.
So, in the spirit of Yuletide list making I thought that I would tell you my Christmas wishes. (you remember my previous top ten lists, right?)
I hope for peace, I hope for everybody to be fed, I hope for clean water and accessible health care and compassion for everyone but they are no brainers.

In no particular order, some things I have a personal interest in this Christmas:
  1. Having experienced bullying of different degrees at different times I would hope that nobody have to live in fear. This applies on all scales: domestic, school, workplace, national and international
  2. You all know my belief in chiropractic treatment for all kinds of ailments. I wish it was more widely sought after and recognised, I wish it could be subsidised for those who can't afford it. I just wish everybody could benefit from it.
  3. I would like to see people scrutinise their spending habits and really understand wants vs. needs. Billions of dollars are spent each year on unwanted gifts and that doesn't even recognise the stuff people buy for themselves and leave unused. If we could get this more in perspective it would ease financial worries, lift guilt, re-order priorities and help the planet.
  4. Sick of t-shirts that fade, stretch, fall apart and aren't long enough I had a personal wish for merino shirts. Mum & Dad are helping me out with this Christmas wish (thanks!) The shirts cost a bomb but if they turn out as good as I think they'll be well worth it. Merino is promoted as good for the planet and i think these things get complicated to measure but if I wash them less and they last longer it's a good start.
  5. It would be nice if the world's affluent people commited to eating less meat. I'm not asking for vegetarianism but for a limited consumption of our limited fish stocks and frugality with farm raised meats because it can be an expensive, wasteful and cruel process.
  6. I think everybody could do with more stillness and more quiet in their lives. I think we need to create quiet and then sit with it. It doesn't have to be extreme, if we could just start by turning off the car radio......or the TV......or watching a sunset.......


  1. Yep, I can go along with 1,3,5 and 6. Have no opinion on chiropractice as I've never tried it and don't know anyone who has. As for T shirts, in our weather I don't get much chance to wear them anyway, but I agree they tend to shrink and fade pretty quickly.

    I feel particularly strongly about 1 as I was bullied a lot at school and the incidence of bullying generally seems to be getting worse not better. Bullying can do terrible psychic damage, sometimes even leading to suicide.

  2. Quite anendeavourous list, wot? I did read up on the chiropratical treatments and found it very interesting( who would've thought a back specialist could fix an ear-ache? ) But there is so much more, right? Cheers and well wishes kylie :)

  3. Am doing my part for 3, 5, and 6.

    Must muse on the rest a bit...
    Lots of food for thought.


  4. Those are some great wishes, Kylie.

  5. Kia ora Kylie,
    Happy Yuletide to you and yours. A great list, and we are certainly putting having a less commercial and money oriented Christmas into play here. I can attest to the merino, comfortable, good in hot or cold, and will last forever - if washed properly. And I certainly go along with wishing everyone a bit of quiet in their lives. May you sit on a hillside or by a clear running stream, feel a gentle breeze upon your face, and just Be. God bless, Kia kaha.

  6. Great list. Very thought provoking, and I agree with almost all of it. Very nice, and it gives me a lot to think about.

  7. All good points kylie. Heard about chiropractic treatment but have never tried it. Thank god the physio was covered under workcover. I would never have been able to afford the weekly treatments the last 3 months. Mind you the other business i'm seeing is very expensive so hope it will be worth it in the end.

  8. nick,
    i'm sorry you were bullied, it's pretty distressing and we dont seem to be getting any better at stopping it

  9. subby,
    i'm not sure what you meant by there is so much more......

    you have a lovely Christmas

  10. leah,
    and how is the non-shopping thing going?


  11. megs!
    cant say i'm great at all of them but workin on it

    cheers doll

  12. robb,
    what a lovely blessing that is
    "May you sit on a hillside or by a clear running stream, feel a gentle breeze upon your face, and just Be."

    thank you

    lots of love to you and yours for Christmas and into 2010


  13. karen,
    which bits are you gonna thik about?
    just curious

    i hope you have a lovely Christmas


  14. hey jo!
    are you finished with the physio now?
    and is the arm better?

    as for the other, an investment in yourself will always be worth it



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