I love Christmas. I LOVE to give presents. I get a mega-rush when I find the perfect gift for a loved one. But I can be tough to shop for, so last year I tried the Amazon.com wish list which not only worked out great, but was also a near-perfect metaphor for my general psyche and outlook on life.
Let me explain.
I am the product of an Attorney-Mother and a Musician-Father. This particular parental concoction has instilled in me two very opposing life-viewpoints. On one hand, I’m extremely practical and prudent. On the other hand, I’m completely insane and get really excited about things that most normal people would find utterly ridiculous.
So my wish list is half and half. Like, half Chia-Obamas and half spatulas. Yes, I asked for a spatula last year for Christmas. One of those Good Grip’s ones. I needed one. And I got it. (I ended up buying myself the Chia-Obama.)
The practical side of me knows that I don’t really need anything. But that same practical-radar starts blaring when I realize I can get something for free. So I fill my wish list with things that I use regularly (like Neutrogena cleansing hydrating eye makeup remover lotion) so I don’t have to go to the drugstore and by it. This is not an exciting present to purchase for someone and I’m sure it really aggravates my family that I put things like this on a so-called Christmas list. I mean, who asks Santa for control-top pantyhose and a broom and dust pan for the upstairs bathroom closet? I do.
From my wish list:
But I also have another side. The side that asks for things like a coin purse which at first glance looks like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I need a coin purse. And I also love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. A match made in heaven.
Oh yeah. I gotta have this. Practicality meets Ridiculous. Checkmate.
But for me, there’s no better gift than a gift card. I know this sounds terrible. But it was HARD WORK picking out 10 things I wanted for Christmas. With a gift card, I can treat myself to a chai latte or two (or fifty) and enjoy a gift that keeps on giving. No muss, no fuss. The ultimate present would be a gift card for something ridiculous. Like, a gift card which would provide me with all the tools necessary to throw a Lord of the Rings pool party.
I guess the point of all this is to take stock in how fortunate I am to not need anything for Christmas (other than more Chia-Obamas or perhaps some of those wooden hangers from Ikea). My real wish is for everyone to feel safe and loved this Christmas. I’d like to say out loud how blessed I feel this year and to send my thoughts and prayers to those less fortunate. I’ll take a second now to plug my current fave charitable cause and encourage anyone who can to give to the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic to help those making music get the care they need this Christmas. http://www.neworleansmusiciansclinic.org/donations.html
So do you guys use the Amazon wish list? What’s on your Christmas list? Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!