Does anyone else remember the days of the special edition Christmas catalogs–glossy magazine pages filled with carefully photographed wonders that just begged to be circled with a big red marker?!? I remember those well, as does my mother. She commented just the other day that she knew as soon as I saw them I would ask for everything on every page. And apparently, if I was told to narrow it down to just one thing, I would generally pick the most expensive thing in the catalog. What did I know about the cost of things at age 8? I like to believe I just had good taste for one so young!
What I didn’t like about those catalogs was that I couldn’t keep them to all to myself. Even though it was hard to let go, I was forced to share them with my sister. (Sometimes I was so mistreated!)
I really miss those days. While we do get the occasional toy book or sales ad from various companies, it’s not the same as the whole catalogs from companies like Sears, JCPenney, and Spiegel. (Ah Spiegel…the stuff of my dreams as a teenager.) Some days I’m glad they tapered off with the big books. I can’t imagine trying to keep up with three kids trying to make magic marker circles around their Christmas wishes in one book. I imagine whatever happened, it would escalate very quickly.
Since my children were pretty much weaned on the internet, they never had as much need for catalogs. I have one child who used to keep “bookmarks” on his Granny’s computer, so that she would know what to buy him. They have never been the type of kids to ask for everything they see, but if they decide on something that they really, really want, they are pretty quick to let me know.
And that’s where The Wish List comes in. My problem has never really been what to buy my children for Christmas. My problem has been what to tell everyone else when they ask what the kids want for Christmas! I started having them make wish lists many years ago. That way, I could figure out what their “Santa” gift was going to be and get ideas for stocking stuffers. Then I could share the rest of the list with family members. Please don’t get the wrong idea–we have never demanded that anyone get our children any certain gift, but most of our family members do call and ask what the kids would like to have. I’m always glad to get gift suggestions from others and I think a lot of people feel the same. It’s easier to shop and stick to a budget if you know what you are looking for!
Wish lists aren’t just for children either. In the past, I have made wish lists for gift exchanges with various adult family members. They can also come in very handy if you can convince your spouse to make one. At least, I think they would. I haven’t convinced mine to make one yet and he probably wouldn’t look at mine!!
The greatest thing about a wish list is that it can be big or small. It can have the simplest of requests or the most outrageous of dreams. It is, very simply put, your wish!
Here are a few things on my Christmas Wish List this year:
- spatula (my favorite one broke)
- bed sheets
- new glasses
- my great-grandmother’s piano that is in “storage”
- an overnight with my husband
- a wildly successful blog
That’s about it! Of course, that’s just a general overview. I really like presents so I will take anything I get!! Speaking of presents, I have one here on the blog. I’ve created this Christmas Wish List free printable. It’s yours to print whenever you want! Then tell me, what’s on your Christmas Wish List?