What gifts have you asked Santa to bring you this year?
I have asked for a fox (live), a hedgehog (live), and tickets to see my favorite band, Bastille, in Vegas (also live). I bought myself a fetching pair of earrings at Cost Plus ($6) and gave them to Hubby to wrap up for me. I bought them months ago, so truly it will be a surprise (and something I like since I chose them, ha). My kids pressed me for gift ideas, so I asked for a copy of the book Lord of the Flies because a) I loved it when I read it in college and b) I’ve become interested in boyhood interactions after all my hours of school playground duty and c) the library does not have a copy. I also asked for recently reprinted books by a charming favorite author, Beverly Nichols, who wrote about his plants, his home, his neighbors, and his cats in England in the 1950’s. He was a blogger of his time and place 70 years ago, and was quite influential to my writing style.
I must explain the desire to own my own personal hedgehog: I’ve loved the author Beatrice Potter since a young age, and her character, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, is a favorite, not to mention Jan Brett’s Hedgie in her winter books. Two summers ago, we took our boys to Ireland for two weeks. We drove hither and yon, stopping in rural areas to greet cows and chickens, always with an eye out for hedgehogs. Why, you ask? Because they are adorable! But alas: We never saw one hedgehog. Same thing happened when we took William and Eve to Scotland last summer. I asked the young woman at the hotel desk where we might find a hedgehog and she said, “Me Mum has some that sleep in her garden, and she lives just down the road. I dunno, they come out at night, don’t they?” Well. We had no idea they were nocturnal! The next night we went out into the dark armed with flashlights, exploring the vast property . . . yet never found even one hedgehog. As for wanting a fox? Check out this video and you will want one too!
I’m confounded when I think back to my Christmas list from just ten Christmases ago: A diamond ring? A Viking stove? A Kate Spade bag? Those things seem more ridiculous than the fox and hedgehog on my list this year. The older I get, the harder it is to make a list of “stuff” I want, because truly I have more than a person would ever need. Christmas is laughing with friends at our annual White Elephant Christmas party, the joy of finding an unexpected package at your door, the pleasure of tasting a homemade baked good from a dear friend. I am blessed with a happy family, fun friends, a comfortable home, and opportunities for travel. What more could a girl ask for?