Every year about this time we sit down and write our holiday lists – whatever holiday we may celebrate. Children spend hours pouring over toy ads getting ready to send off their letters to Santa. Adults, while acting reluctantly, compose a list of things they hope to get rather than the ugly sweater that their favorite great aunt seems to find so amusing and another list of the things they truly dream of having.
Unspoken (unwritten?) in all of this are the things we all wish the holidays and the coming year will bring – health and happiness to our loved ones, a more stable, peaceful world, the ability to make the world around us a happier and brighter place. It is amusing and curious that we often do not actually write these things on our lists, but I have yet to find someone who would not place those things at the top their "wish" list.
Which leads us to a very interesting question about our holiday lists? What do the items on them say about us? Have you ever stopped to think about that? I only did recently when I started putting together a list. Now, I have to clarify that this list did not start out as a holiday list. It just started out as a "wish" list. Things that I would like to have at some point. Watching this list evolve, I have realized just how eclectic my tastes have become and I guess how varied my interests have become. There are things on this list that I would not have considered wanting a couple of years of ago. For example, a lot of the techy, geeky things – Bart exposed me to a greater view of that world and as a result, I have fallen in love with gadgets. My tastes in music have changed – thanks to my sons, their friends and my friends. The maturity that is coming with age has awaken desires to develop talents that I always knew were there, but never took the time to nurture. I have also come to face the side of me that loves the finer things in life. What I find reassuring about these discoveries about myself is that I have not lost anything in this progression, I just have grown. And that ranks right up there with those other unspoken wishes that we all have at the top our lists.
So now that I have stoked your curiosity, here are some of the things on my Christmas list –
A new HDTV with built in DVD player (just because I want one)
A Canon ESO Digital Rebel XTI with a flash set-up & accessories (to let me start taking the pictures that my eyes see)
A Nintendo Wii (yes, this is for me – not the boys!)
A Macbook (I became an Apple convert when my love affair with my iphone started)
A silver engraved business card holder (to hold my cards for my new business)
itunes gift cards (for all of the music that my sons are exposing me to – Brooks & Dunn to Breaking Benjamin)
Hairspray the DVD or any of the other John Waters films (to make me laugh)
A set of Rachel Ray's cookware & knives (to encourage me to get back in the kitchen where I love to be and where I feel close to my mom)
An Amazon Kindle (just because they are so cool!)
And lots of gift cards to the book store (because sometimes you just want a book that you can keep and re-read)
Any of Rachel Ray 30 minute meal cookbooks (so I don't have an excuse not to cook)
A blue cashmere sweater (because they are just so soft and I look good in blue)
Knee high black leather boots (they're sexy – enough said)
A chenille bathrobe (to be all warm & cozy)
Ok – enough – time to stop. I could keep going on, but I think you get the idea. As I read this list again, I realize that I am not entirely sure what it says about me at this point in my life, but whatever it is, I rather like it – there is enough variety to ensure that I'm not a dull person.
So what does your list have on it and what does it say about you?