A favorite colleague is ending his month of the high-dose cancer treatment drug Interferon a few days after Christmas. He's grateful and reflective that in spite of the painful side effects that there is a strong treatment. And I'm grateful he has that drug too. I'm sure my lack of interest in getting holiday gifts is because what I really want is for Interferon to work for anyone taking it, especially my pal. Cancer sucks.
Recently in group discussion about times of less worry - what wanted for Christmas when kids. I mentioned a rock tumbler and no idea why never got one. An AE friend sent link to a page in the 1971 Sears Wishbook that featured it. Each Wishbook page is on Flickr - so able to find others once thought to be great gifts - a View-Master, the game Masterpiece, and Malibu Barbie.
This holiday appreciate the gift of other association execs - send a note, send a link, say a prayer.