I find it very hard to reply, because in all honesty apart from the very expensive next step life purchases I would like to make, I am quite content with what I have right now.
I have thought carefully about what having possessions means to me and while I feel I have everything I'll ever need, I certainly don't have have everything I'd ever like to have. This is different from actually wanting something, which is a point many of us miss.
My family has a wii and a PlayStation, which no one has used for over a year. I really think its recycling time. But will I experience any resistance, I hope not. Its time to declutter. Now this may be a source of conflict. Why? Well, Jaye and I love books, that we read and reread. We collect them in huge quantities and have now realised a huge collection, that will eventually fill our wall to wall booklined study.
So what am I wishing for this Christmas season. Well to start off with the old cliche' - world peace! of course, if there was world peace we'd have a little less money spent on the war machine and a little more on building sustainable homes, creating sustainable jobs and producing sustainable energy and food sources.
But being a realist and accepting that world peace will not happen in my lifetime, I have wished for a few more mundane things, this festive season.
- I wish for equal marriage in Scotland - the catholic church and their big mouthed brigade do NOT speak for me.
- I wish for homelessness to be totally abolished.
- I wish for personal currency to increase in value and financial currency to stop.
- I wish for a cure for autism.(For matthew and Sarah)
- I wish for a cure for epilepsy (For Me)
- A lie in on Christmas morning with hot coffee and mince pies.
- Book/DVD/itunes tokens/vouchers
- A ring Mandrel and UK size gauges
- A concrete mixer
- Intraocular lens replacement in both my eyes......
- Wateraid - provide running water for a village in Africa/India the far East
- World Vision - provide some chickens and goats for some poverty stricken villagers so that they can make a living and eat.
- Cancer Care - Despite all our progress in medical science. the cure still alludes us, think about the folks at Macmillan.
- Dont forget charity starts at home so if you'd like to make a donation to any homelessness charity please send them a fiver instead of filling my stocking, it really is no loss to me and it means even more to them if youre a taxpayer.
- Finally a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, so please remember those creatures that cannot speak for themselves.
While I am not asking everyone to shower me with ethical gifts, if every stocking had one ethical gift as a filler, how much more would we be changing the world. I would love to hear that there were one million ethical gifts sold this year. That would be the best gift of all.