Okay, so these are not really holiday wishes, but I feel a bit sappy and sentimental right now.
I hope my children do not identify themselves by some single characteristic- homosexual, conservative, dancer, programmer, christian, pro choice, etc. I wish for them to know the texture life has to offer, that life is more like the dots in a Seurat painting than a single shade of green.
I hope they know many people who say, "There's a bit more to it," when they think they have figured out the "truth" of something.
I hope they cherish metaphor for its ability to get to the heart of something rather than a simple fact.
I hope they will make music, oblivious to detractors. I hope they whistle, hum, bow, drum, sing, strum their ways through life.
I hope they learn that given a choice, they can still check for other options.
I hope they learn that the solution is always within them.
I hope they go to college only because that is what they want and I hope they go later rather than earlier (if at all).
I'm sure the list could go on forever, but most of all, I hope they find happiness.