As I've gotten older my wish list for Christmas has changed. Has yours? Elegante Mother would still like to have a fire engine red sexy convertible and a handsome young man to chauffeur her around. My "wants" are usually simpler. I don't need or want a fur coat. Dear Husband used to give me a burgundy scarf and mittens every year, and I haven't quite worn out the last two. (I rather miss those gifts.) I have a perfectly good car that gets me where I am going, so I don't need to follow EM's footsteps. There are a few things I'd like to have that I need to buy for myself, and other than that, DVDs, CDs, books and gift certificates to my favorite quilt fabric shop make up my list.
This year I received "Wall-E," "No Country for Old Men," "Bucket List" and the fourth episode of the Indiana Jones story. I also have my first Michael Buble CD and the Josh Groban Christmas CD. I'm a happy camper!
The big item that I need to shop for on my own? Two, actually. One is a new sewing machine, and the other is a long-arm quilting machine. I need to try out different models so that I can choose the one I'd like to use. I hope to buy them before we retire. I'd also like to purchase the cabinetry to set up the sewing machine. Right now I sew at a Samsonite table, and it's a bit crowded.
We used to say of my father that anything he wanted that he didn't already have we couldn't afford to get for him, and I may have hit that point in my life. There's an exception, though. My youngest sister and her husband gave me earrings and a necklace this year that are gorgeous. She managed to find stones that incorporate my favorite colors and added an elegant silver necklace. They weren't on my list, but I'm delighted to have them.
Perhaps we should stop with the wish lists, and just let people give us gifts of their own choosing. What do you think?