The Twelve Days of Christmas, Days Seven and Eight: What I want for Christmas…

Since my mom is the only person I know who still asks adults for Christmas lists, and she usually wants them before Thanksgiving, I haven’t thought much about what I want lately. Now, I am not getting any more gifts, I am pretty sure my mom is done talking to Santa shopping for me. I wanted the usual: iTunes gift cards, Lady Gaga Concert DVD, pajamas, gift cards. You know, nothing profound. But here is my open letter to Santa on what I’d REALLY like…enjoy.

Dear Santa,
It feels strange writing to you at the age of 30. How are the reindeer? How’s the Mrs? Good.
I have been pretty good this year, all things considered. I haven’t harmed anyone (although, temptation is my friend) and am still blissfully married. I had a baby girl this year, but you knew that. She’s probably on your naughty list, with her night-time antics, and I can’t say as I blame you. Caelan should be on your nice list, she has grown and matured SO much this year. She is definitely on MY nice list, if that matters (and let’s be honest, I hold the purse strings in this relationship, so it matters lol).

I would like a few things for Christmas. I would like anyone who wants to marry another person, regardless of sexual orientation, to be able to be married. I would like another class to open up on my campus so I can teach more. I am really digging that, you know. I would like there to be less poverty in this country, so the economy needs a good fixing.  I would like for peace for my family and friends in all their relationships. I would like my family to stay well in 2012, and for us to be healthy and happy for the year. I would like to say for our lifetimes, but I take things in baby steps. I would like to be able to get Shawn a Jeep. I would like to be able to start our bathroom renovation. I would like to be able to donate eggs for someone seeking the ability to experience the miracle of birth. I would like Democrats to keep hold of the White House until Obama has had the chance to fix everything he has set out to. It’s been a long, hard road for him, and I think 4 more years will really give him the chance to clean it all up. Nothing worse than having to stop a job you worked so hard to start, right? I would like to remain patient and grow my hair out, without chopping it off in frustration. I would like my jewelry business to continue to be sustainable and grow with the coming year. I would like to be able to enjoy my girls more, and I will, since I will have my Master’s in February. I would like to continue to be able to support my family, with Shawn being the primary breadwinner of course. And I would like to be able to relax, and let things happen, without worrying about the hows and whys in life. I would like more time to write, and write some things that either get published or at least are substantially better than the research papers I have been writing. I would like to learn how to just Be. That’s my weakness. I can’t just Be.

I know a lot of these things I can manage on my own. And I guess this is more of a prayer to God than a letter to Santa. I just wanted to lay it out. My goals and wishes for 2012, starting this Christmas season.
Thanks, Santa. I appreciate your time.

How about you? What’s on your Christmas list? Prayer list?

And how does this make you feel?

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