Friday, December 20, 2013

Dear Santa


Dear Santa,

I cannot remember the last time I made a wishlist for you, but I've been a good girl this year, so here goes my #TopTen list of Ultimate Gifts.  For me.

10. More hours in the day.  I need more!  I need to read, I want to write, I'd like to finish that knitting project from last year, I long to take more photos, and I must have coffee/lunch with my long-lost friends!  And I HAVE TO CLEAR ALL THE JELLY!  #MakeItHappenSanta

9. Found.  I cannot handle yet another lost reusable-container lid, sock mate, glove, or pen.  Or my own brain on some days.  #FirstWorldProblems

8. Vision.  "No, you don't have halitosis.  I just can't focus on your face when we're this close."  I'd love more time before having to get reading glasses.  Take pity upon the fact that all my life I've needed to be up close to see things (because I'm so nearsighted); now having to extend my arms to see clearly is just so wrong.  #JustAMatterOfTime

7. Books.  Because I actually met my goal of reading 12 books this year, I'd like to read more books that blow my mind.  I'd like to swim in words that spark those neurons in my brain into rapid fire.  I'd like to travel to another world, into someone else's mind, in another time, all from the works of brilliant writers who use the simple vehicle of words to make that happen.  #AndMakeItSeemSoEasy

6. Mental agility.  I always remember your name seconds after we part ways.  I always remember that vacation experience after about 15 reminders of events that happened.  I always remember the scenes of a movie only after having watched it at least a dozen times.  (So why is it that I cannot remember to feed the turtle but I can belt out lyrics of Chinese songs from decades ago?  The brain works in mysterious ways.)  This noticeable decline in brain function after gaining speed down The Hill is a little bit disconcerting, to say the least.  This aging business is not pretty, so I'd like to keep this forgetfulness at a minimal-embarrassing level, if you please.  #PrettyPlease

5. Inbox fairy.  Help wanted: in need of a responsible assistant to delete emails (and blog spam) because who has time?  I'm busy bringing INGREDIENTS DOWN TO THE BOTTOM!  #WhackAMole

4. Travel.  Now that we've gotten a few real road trips under our belts, I'd really love to see more parts of the world (even if they're nearby).  The kiddos are now big enough to remember and enjoy our family getaways.  Better get them in before they no longer think it's cool.  #CreatingMemories

3. Steady flow.  Of words.  That make sense.  For this blog.  In 2014.  #NotThisSputteringNonsense

2. Patience.  I need it when a first grader asks me to tie his shoelaces for the third time in one hour.  I need it when I'm battling withdrawal symptoms after the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead.  I need it for the sanity of my children and their father.  I need it when I'm stuck on Level 161 for the elevetieth week.  I need it to get through this week until winter break officially begins!  #TheMotherOfAllVirtures

1. Belief.  Dear Son, my logical-no-nonsense-proof-required child, has asked me on more than one occasion, "Is Santa Claus real?"  He's six, in first grade.  (In case you were wondering, the technique of distraction still works on a six-year-old.)  Dear Santa, please make your magic stay a little while longer.  Please extract any doubt in his mind that you embody the kindred spirit of the holiday season.  Please remain in the hearts of children and adults alike, not for the parents' sake, but to honor this time of giving, of family and love, and of childhood memories.  (For the record, Dear Daughter still holds you dearly in her heart, whether it's concretely or abstractly, because she has not and probably never will ask The Question.  And I love her for that.)  #HoHoHo


I clearly wasn't thinking when I thought for a moment to skip the tree this year because our Florida vacation threw off our holiday schedule a bit.  Good thing my senses came to me (pretty much when I saw the horrified looks on the kiddos' faces when I made such a criminal suggestion to Dear Husband).  The tree is up, and the kiddos had a grand time decorating it, as usual.

So, Dear Santa, thank you for taking the time to read my humble list and not laughing-out-loud while you're at it.  Thank you for all your miraculous work and making our holidays full of magic and joy.  Merry Christmas, and safe travels!

Sincerely,
Me


9 comments:

  1. Happy Holidays to you! I hope you receive at least a couple of these, or, at least, rediscover them.

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! Happy winter break to you and your family, AS OF TODAY! Woohoo! I hope you all have a restful and joyous two weeks off. Even just a few of these would be really nice. :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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  2. This is another lovely post!

    I'm afraid to ask for more hours in the day because I'd just over-fill them up, too! I can so relate to #9 - I have a sock bucket with unmatched socks. I never realized we had so many socks of different styles. I refuse to throw them away because I just know the mates will turn up sometime.
    I hope your kids are able to keep the magic of Santa. My older son is convinced he's not real, but my younger son believes. I love your plea to keep Santa in our hearts "to honor this time of giving, of family and love, and of childhood memories".

    Have a merry Christmas!
    Have a merry Christmas!

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    1. Sorry for the merry Christmas repeat. Between the scrolling comment and my partially-functioning brain, this comment really didn't stand a chance of being completed without complications :)

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    2. Hi, Janna! I thought you were just singing me a Christmas song! Haha, just kidding. I lost a glove while Christmas shopping. Nothing can be more frustrating, since my pair was brand new. Ugh. I'm convinced DS's logic is battle his heart in regards to Santa--I'm gonna keep distracting him as long as I can!

      Take it easy on your brain this week! I hope you rest well and come back without complications. Happy Holidays! <3

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  3. I'm pretty sure Gavin is going to be one of those kids who questions whether Santa is real at a pretty young age. And, I'm ok with that, so long as he doesn't ruin it for all his still-believing friends. =)

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    1. Hi, Niisa! My first question was "who had a talk with DS about Santa at school?" But then again, his personality probably had a talk with him at home. It's funny how kids are so different. I know kids in middle school who still believe.

      Well, I hope you and your family enjoy this holiday season, Nilsa, and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  4. Awesome you read 12 books this year! Were all of them with DD? As for more family trips, hope you can do it. Definitely do it since the kids can remember and can enjoy them. Even though I don't remember specifics from the trips I took with my parents, I remember the fun we had with yearly trips to amusement parks, picking fruit, and the beach. Definitely patience is #TheMotherOfAllVirtures. Thankfully being a parent has taught me so much of it. As for Santa, we aren't going to "teach" that tradition to J. We have religious beliefs about Christmas that we'd like to pass-on. Nevertheless, the spirit of giving, family, and of love are universal. And after much deliberation, we got a tree last Sat before Christmas too!

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    1. Lisa, I actually read more than 12 books, but my goal was 12. I'm taking advantage of this break time to read way too late in the night... I only read two books with DD, and one more that she's read from 4th grade. It's fun to talk about the books! Yay for your Christmas tree! My kids are older and definitely proficient at protesting our tree-less pre-holiday season lack of decor. I'm sure J and O enjoy seeing the tree and all the gifts under them! I hope you had lots of love and food this past week! :)

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