We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in our house, so there are lots of lists here this time of year. Every year it seems to become more difficult to gift the boys with something they really want that either a) doesn’t cost more than our monthly mortgage or b) isn’t a friggin’ video game. You’ve read this post about all the failed gifts I’ve given my boys in the past. I’m ready to just give them all cash and call it a day.
I don’t get it because I always feel like I’m the easiest person to please around here. My gift requests are quite simple really. Aside from the iPad Mini I so desperately want (in white please) and a new wallet (Coach or Dooney & Burke will do), my list has nothing material on it. All I want for ________ (fill in holiday here) is:
- A personal chef (okay, I concede while not a material gift, it would be a costly one, but our entire family would benefit from that gift. No more smoke alarm mis-haps!).
- A V.I.P. card to Red Mango (for those who don’t know it, Red Mango is the best frozen yogurt place, ever). After all, I am there several times a week and although I have a rewards card, I think they should have a V.I.P. line where you don’t have to stand behind everyone deliberating over their toppings. I could just breeze past all those indecisive people, spoon my granola and dark chocolate chips on top, and be on my way.
- A non-formaldehyde keratin treatment that actually works on my hair and doesn’t cost an obscene amount of money. (Okay, this too is somewhat material, but if invented, it would be worth every penny).
- To win every tennis match I play over the next year. Ok, that’s asking too much. How about winning some of the matches, please?
- My book to be published. I promise I’m a better writer than that 50 Shades of Gray chick. Then again, so is my 9-year old.
- Another show to air like “Lost” or “Six Feet Under.” I miss them both!
- Another movie as funny as “Hangover” or “Bridesmaids” or “Ted.”
- One day a year when my kids didn’t fight or yell. Only one!
- One day a month when I didn’t have to nag my kids about doing their homework.
- Enough hours in every day to write, exercise, play tennis, have lunch with a friend, play with the dog, give each child one-on-one time, read a few chapters of a good book, watch TV, and have an uninterrupted conversation with my husband.
Okay, holiday fairies, you’ve got your work cut out for you, so go and get started please!
What’s on your non-material holiday wish list?