“What would you like for Christmas Mum?”

“Well, what do you think I would enjoy most?”

“Something new for your camera? Some perfume? A new book?”

“All of those things are lovely ideas but what I want most is peace. I want peace between you two.”

It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever asked for at Christmas. It would be the best gift I could receive.

As an only child the world of siblings puzzles and challenges me. The fighting, the loving, the mocking, the fierce protection, the laughter that excludes the rest of the world, the intense empathy. But mostly the fighting!

So this year I have asked for the impossible. I have asked for peace. I am asking them not to compete about which is the best spot on the couch, to stop setting a timer to measure who has had control of the remote control for “longer than me”, to drop the need for UN peacekeeping during the morning opening of the advent calendar, to try to remember that they love each other and that they are together for a life time and to accept that I  love them without limit and that no amount of competition can increase that. That love is infinite.

That’s what I want for Christmas.