Dear Secret Santa

Dear Secret Santa,

I’m sorry I’ve been so slow in getting my list of gift ideas to you, but you see, it’s the same problem I have every year: I really don’t want for anything.

I know, there’s always something to want.  For example, world peace could be at the top of my list, alongside the end of world hunger and disease.  I’d like a good measure of freedom thrown in as well.  All the protests I’ve seen this year remind me that it’s clearly wanted and needed.

I want the Republican primary election to be over already.  Even though there have been some entertaining moments in the campaigns (great material for the late night shows!), I seriously wonder if there can be any viable candidates.  What I really want is to see mature, qualified, passionate candidates who have something worthwhile to say and do.  Even if I’m not planning on voting Republican.  Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that.

I want a steadily growing economy and for there to be no such thing as an Unemployment Rate.  I want everyone who wants and needs to work to be employed.  I could want for a better job with better pay, but in these tough times, and having been laid off already this year, I am happy to have my job and its benefits, even with the drastic decrease in pay.  Some of my also-laid-off former coworkers are still looking.  I want them to find good jobs, too.

But I digress.  Back to my problem: I really don’t want for anything.

When I think about it, I  really am in the fortunate position of not wanting, or truly needing, anything.  Things could always be better, but I have all I need, and then some.  I have a roof over my head, food on my table, clothes on my back and shoes on my feet, and a place to lay my head at the end of the day.  I have a husband who loves me and keeps me warm and a loving family to gather ’round me, in happy times and times of difficulty.  Life isn’t perfect, but it’s good.

Now, I know that I’m not really helping you much, Secret Santa.  You still don’t know what to do with me, right?  And if you’ve read this far and you haven’t given up on me, then I know you are the Real Deal.  Tell you what,  even though I really don’t want for anything, I know you have $140 to spend on me from our Socialist Santa Funds (see ‘Tis The Season for Socialist Santa), and I know you’ll want to put it to best use.  So I will give you a few general ideas to go on:

1. I could use some new clothes for work.  I like to shop at Kohl’s, so a gift card to Kohl’s or a Visa gift card would be useful.

2. I do like to dine out, so a restaurant gift card would be a pleasure, especially since Gabrielle will be home for the holidays – that could be a fun way for us to catch up.  Maybe you’d join us?  Unless you are Gabrielle, then you’d already be there!

3. Coffee and gourmet popcorn are still pleasures for me.  I know those items were on my list last year, but they really could be perennial list items.

4. More followers to my blog.  Maybe you’d consider subscribing and telling a friend? 😉

Apart from these general ideas, since I don’t want for anything, I will be happy with what you choose for me.  If you want to surprise me, or you see something you think I’d like, go for it!  And if you are really stuck, you can always ask your dad/stepdad/father-in-law – I’m pretty sure that some of our family’s Secret Santas are not necessarily all that secret – call it a hunch. 😉

If I think of anything else to add to the list, I’ll get back to you.  In the meantime, please accept my apologies for being the last to respond (it’s usually not me! Really!) and know that I am sending you my love and best holiday wishes!

Annette

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