all i want for christmas...

it's been harder than usual this year
to think about what i'm hoping to get
for christmas.
even though we don't have a lot of money,
and don't have the luxury to buy a bunch of stuff
throughout the year,
when it comes to getting gifts from others,
sometimes i think i'd rather just use the money to go out
and do something fun together
so that i can spend some precious time
with the people i love
who live all the way in victoria.

but since dante & i have now made our christmas plans
and they involve spending a whole week
visiting family & friends
in victoria (yay!)
i guess i can think of a few things that i want...

*a subscription to Real Simple Magazine*
my mom has a subscription and i love to read it every month
it's full of great tips for meals, relationships, personal & emotional health, and life
i've already bought this holiday edition
and am happily planning my holiday season with its tips

*the book "three cups of tea"*
*by greg mortenson*
i have heard so many bloggers say amazing things about this book
so i just have to read it

*a foot-pampering pedicure appointment*
because my feet get so dry in winter
and dante complains that they scratch and scrape him


*some lovely curly hair products*
that i can never afford to buy myself
maybe from bumble&bumble
because my hair seems to be acting up even more than usual this winter
and i just want it to be happy.
because when my hair's happy,
i'm happy!

*a hand mixer for baking*
i have had to do all my mixing by hand lately,
and it makes my arms hurt...
it is only a slight deterrant,
but the help of something electronic would be nice!
i got used to using a hand mixer because of the one i got from my mom
when i first moved out on my own
and it takes up so much less room than a stand mixer,
(room is something we don't have a lot of...)

so there is my list.
but honestly,
all i want for christmas
more than anything
is to have a lovely time
with brothers and sisters
moms & dads
aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents
enjoying each others company
laughing, telling stories, and eating good food.

phots from here & here & here & here & here & here


  1. I can't wait to see you! I remember when Grampa made me sing "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth", because that was when my two front teeth were knocked out!

  2. That's great news about the family gathering! I don't think I'll be seeing my family this year.

    Maybe next year!!!

  3. "three cups of tea" looks interesting, I really want to read it too.

    Thanks for your comment on my photos. I actually don't know what piece of music I used for the paper cranes. They were just from a stack of old sheet music that I thrifted months ago :)

  4. Thanks for sharing the book, it really does look interesting, I'm going to put it on my list!


  5. Hello! Thank you for your comment, which has now led me to your blog... which is lovely, by the way! :) You have a nice style of writing.

    I agree with the experiences vs gifts! I'm finding these days that I'd much rather have a good time with people, over a gift that I probably would not use.

    Although that IS a good list you have there :)

  6. Real Simple is one of the few magazines I actually subscribe to. I love it!

    I also have Three Cups of Tea on my to-read list. Maybe it will be my first new book for the new year!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I always enjoy new comments!

  7. Good wishlist ! I need to do something about my feet, too, I have the same problem ;-)
    But you're right, the most important is to spend time with the people you love.

  8. i feel the same way, i'd much rather get gifts like tickets to a show or something, i never know what to ask for! but those things seem like awesome gifts :)



  9. I would happily accept a lifetime of monthly pedicures! My favorite indulgence....

  10. I also want to read 3 cups of tea! Let me know how it is if you read it :)

  11. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog, I'm glad you found me too! Your blog is adorable and I'm looking forward to 'getting to know you' better :)

  12. I love your blog...looking forward to reading more! You are going to love Three Cups of Tea!

  13. hi! I saw your comment and I was surprised! How did you find my blog? Thanks for the pleasant surprise comment. :)

  14. Cute concept and design! Glad I have now found your blog :-)

  15. Anonymous7/12/09

    Time with friends and family is such a great gift! I love Real Simple too, such great ideas.

  16. i love love love to read real simple too!


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