If you could have one wish come true this holiday season, what would it be? We asked, and you responded in droves. Here are a selection of some of the funny, sweet, poignant wishes we received.
My holiday wish came early this year. I was spending time with my dad, who has advanced dementia, and when I said, "I love you," as I have so many times, he responded, "I love you too."
Who knew that little three-letter word "too" would make me feel, at least for the moment, that he saw me, heard me and shared his love for me.
Barbara Schulz, Burlington
My wish is for my daughter, who is 20, and her friend to both find steady and meaningful employment in 2018. They deserve it.
If I had a wish for myself, it would be for a weekly supply of doughnuts from the good folks at Donut Crazy.
Jason Black, Simsbury
My one wish this holiday season is that my 99-year-old mother could have her eyesight back, if only for one day. This loving woman deserves the opportunity to see color, movement, light and the five children to whom she has dedicated her life.
Margaret Lemrise, Plainville
My wish is for an automatic back-up generator or new furnace for Kitty Harbor cat shelter in Griswold, where I volunteer.
Janet Boyce, Amston
Wish I could see Catherine Gregory and Lucian Wintrich have a civil conversation [courant.com, Dec. 13, "Catherine Gregory, Charged With Swiping Lucian Wintrich's UConn Speech, Says She's Received Worldwide Support"] and agree to do some charitable deed that would actually have a positive impact in someone's life during this holiday season.
Richard Thompson, Haddam
For every American to stand up and salute the flag during the singing of the national anthem and put their hand over their heart.
And to always remember to honor and thank our veterans.
Ann R. McLaughlin, East Hampton
To start a family. My partner and I are eager to begin the journey.
Jessica Bishop and Jenna Kijowski, Rocky Hill
I am 62 years old with stage 4 colorectal cancer. My wish would be to be fitted with a blonde, real-hair, sorta wavy wig. I wear bandannas right now and would love to look pretty again.
Robin I. Muth, Simsbury
I wish I could talk to my deceased father and give him a big heartfelt hug. I've been a father for more than 50 years, and my two sons are currently fathers. I now know what a great father mine was, something I didn't realize nor adequately acknowledge when he was alive. I respect, appreciate, admire and love him now more than ever.
So children everywhere with fathers still living, express your love this Christmas. You never know when that will not be possible, and you may have subsequent regrets as I do.
David Baldwin, Old Saybrook
Let's put our cellphones away for the holidays and enjoy good old-fashioned conversation.
Eda Taylor, Middletown
I wish liberals would accept the election results and work to move the country forward instead of dividing.
Stephen Krauchick, Fairfield
Michael White, Ellington
For Hartford to finally take its astonishing cultural assets more seriously and start working on a plan to grow visitation and tourism to the place.
William Hosley, Enfield
The one wish I would have this holiday season: Bring the love of my life, Priscilla, my wife of 44 years, back to me. She was looking forward to a new lease on life after having both her knees replaced in 2016.
In April, kidney cancer was discovered and in May one kidney was removed. In July, the day we were scheduled to visit grandchildren, she went into the hospital for more surgery. Six weeks later, on Aug. 30, she passed away due to the cancer being so aggressive.
She was only 65 and that is too young to die.
Jim Warnke, Granby
I wish for a small group of magical friends with a passion for cooking, a faith in cities and a desire to do good to purchase the Comet on Farmington Avenue in Hartford and poach eggs, mix martinis and save the coolest stainless steel diner on the planet. Amen.
Also, forgiveness and understanding for Al Franken and Garrison Keillor.
Carol Szymanski, Wethersfield
While wrapping some gifts the other day and being watched by my 5-year-old granddaughter, Ella Jane, I asked her what would be her holiday wish. She replied, "To be a sister to a little girl who doesn't have a family, snow on Christmas Day and Shopkins for all!"
Susan Yaconiello, East Hartford
Our wish for Christmas is that our precious and adorable 2-year-old grandson, Samuel, be healthy enough to enjoy this beautiful holiday at home surrounded by his loving family.
Nana and Pop Depasse, Brooklyn
I wish that my sweet and kind daughter Carmen finds a way to get a car. God bless everyone.
Bernardita Sanchez, Meriden
This wish was about the easiest wish I ever made. I would wake up and realize that Donald J. Trump really isn't president of the United States. That all of the fear he instilled in us was just a bad dream, and that whoever was really the president had a good heart and cared about mankind. And although the real president couldn't solve all of the problems of the world, he or she wouldn't create new problems not only for the United States but for all the other countries of the world. But I know it is just a wish, and I know the bad dream was real.
Jill Price, Newington
For the DACA students [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], I wish a peaceful and safe New Year with no more threats of deportation. And for all of our undocumented neighbors, may we create a welcoming path to citizenship. With love and in honor of my grandmother Fanny, who arrived from Poland in 1895 at 16, speaking not one word of English.
Margaret P. Levy, West Hartford
My wish is that all PALS (persons with ALS) sufferers, like my wife, be given a cure.
Timothy L. Gove, Durham
My Christmas wish is one that I know cannot be filled. My wish would be to spend a little more time with my husband, who passed at 51, my father, who passed at 52, and my mother, who passed at 49.
I just reached 75. I think what prompted this thought was the recent 60th anniversary of my father's death. How wonderful it would be to be able to say one more time, "I love you," and push away all the regrets of not spending more time appreciating how much they meant to us.
So I guess my Christmas wish really is for people to slow down, take a breath, just for a moment appreciate what we have been blessed with and say, "Thank you!" The one thing that most of us don't think about is that tomorrow may not come.
Joyce Kelly, East Hartford
My wish: All religions and races get along in peaceful harmony.
Donald Baumgarten, Cheshire
My wish is that the December holidays no longer be commercialized prematurely.
I wish we might enjoy the festive horrors of Halloween and the traditional trimmings of our Thanksgiving feast without having to hear endless strains of canned Christmas music over the loudspeakers of stores whose aisles are already festooned with holiday decor, beckoning us to shop early. I wish a ban on any hint of Christmas until black Friday when the hoards may then break loose in greedy droves to snatch up the first gifts of the season. Maybe then we will finally be free to live in the present.
Lillian R. Handleman, South Windsor
That everyone throughout the world would feel the "oneness" connection to each other.
We are all one with our feelings and our needs for safety, security, food, shelter, acceptance, love, belonging, respect, self-esteem and contentment. We just differ in our experiences and our goals and our actions to achieve those goals.