The Christmas Wish List

I have never been good at coming up with the answer to, “what do you want for Christmas?”

When I ask the hubby what he wants, he can rattle off half a dozen items without taking a breath in between.

And I love that!

It takes the guesswork out of gift buying.

Gift buying gets too serious for me.


I agonize that I’m not getting the right gift. I will pick something up and then put it back for something I think is better.

And I may end up with what I picked up in the beginning and never feel like I chose the perfect gift.

For an over thinker like me, a list is a God sent.

Even Santa needs a list.


If pushed for an answer about my wish list, I can usually come up with an item or two.

As stressful as it is for me to make a list, it must be equally frustrating for those wanting to gift me with something I really want.

What is my problem?

It wasn’t about making wish lists when I was growing up.

It was about surprises, nothing but surprises.

Some were good and some………. not so much.

My wish list maker was never activated.

As a somewhat mature adult, wish list making doesn’t come easy.


I have read many suggestions on how to make a list.

One suggestions says to start in January and jot things down each month. Then you will have a list ready n December.



If I saw or thought of something I wanted in January, no way am I going to wait until December.


When I ponder the conflict I have with list making,  I  have a theory or two.

The first is………. I shopped all year. If I need or want something, I shop.

Therefore, my December wish list is lacking.

Also, I don’t want to be the reason for someone to go out of their way to shop for me.

I want the holiday season to be simplified for all of us.

Yes, simplified, says someone who is known to be over the top when it comes to Christmas decorations.

And now two houses decorated for Christmas??????

How do you explain that?



Decorating is necessary for setting the stage for the celebrations.

The celebrations are for the birth of the babe born to redeem us.

We celebrate His unselfish love for us.

 We celebrate putting others first.



We celebrate by gathering with friends and family and reflect on the true meaning of the season. 

What do I want for Christmas?

I want the celebration with family at the Christmas Eve brunch to be more about Him and less about  us.

I want the time shared with extended family and friends to be about  “Joy to the World” and “Peace On Earth Goodwill to Men.”


P.S.   To those who make Christmas list, please  DON”T STOP!. 





A Hallmark Christmas

Sipping hot chocolate, a Christmas tree with twinkling lights and a Hallmark Holiday Movie;

That combination, my friend, is my idea of a cozy December evening. And if it’s cold enough for a fire in the fireplace……perfection.




I can’t remember a time when there weren’t Hallmark Christmas movies.

Kudos to Hallmark for their commitment to broadcast family movies focusing on rekindling  our holiday spirit.



This season there are 19 new Hallmark films and I’m watching and taping all of them.

Most are sweet, predictable and come with Happy Endings………. exactly what I’m looking for when I tune in.



If I could only watch one Hallmark movie this season, I would choose…………..drum roll…..

And the winner is “Journey back to Christmas.”


“Journey Back to Christmas” centers around a time traveler who needs to find a way back to Christmas 1945.

The film’s star, Candace Cameron Bure, is excellent. There are a few loose ends and details that don’t add up, but overall a good movie.

As always………there IS a happy ending.


I use the background of previously shown movies to decorate by.

Nothing gets me in a decorating mood like a Hallmark movie.










Thankfully, this week has been absent of green lizard and relatives at the Cottage on Greene.

My attention has been on adding finishing touches of Christmas , working on handmade Christmas gifts and getting the guest bedroom together.

The guest bedroom has been a neglected part of the house. As there have been no guests, no problem.

I expect that to change in the coming year.

Pictures later.








Excuse me while I warm up the hot chocolate and turn on the Christmas lights. My Hallmark awaits!