In television news, we're used to hearing the bizarre. In fact, it can happen several times in one day.
You would think nothing could surprise me, but a story about creating a Christmas registry really took me aback.
The network report was on a proposal to create a "Christmas Registry". It would work just like a wedding registry. You would register the gifts you'd like to receive for the holiday.
Sounds practical, efficient, even somewhat appealing, being that I have received a few duds at Christmastime myself!
What it doesn't sound like is Christmas.
It works for wedding gifts because the main purpose is to support the new couple by helping them start their lives together.
Christmas is a lot deeper. It's a religious holiday, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It's a time to celebrate life, reflect on the human condition, our love for God and for others.
You can't find that on a Christmas registry.
Sure, it may mean some people may not get the "perfect" gift every year, or even something they like, but I take pride knowing that each gift I pick out comes from the heart, not a list.