Saturday, November 28, 2009

All I Want For Christmas ... ?

By Lorna

The other day, my mother asked me, "What do you want for Christmas."

Of course, my immediate answer was, "EVERYTHING!" But when forced to narrow it down, I came up rather short. Uh...let's see....

At my age, I can pretty much buy what I want. And as it turns out ... I don't seem to want all that much. In fact, I can better tell you what I DON'T want than what I do want. Yeah, that list could take up several pages, and maybe an entire BOOK.

I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but among my favorite don't wants are:

Bath salts Bath Salts: Unless you have one of those deep, soaker tubs, warmed fluffy towels, and nothing on your to-do list, who has time to take a tub bath? And as I get older, I find I'm using less and less products that have a fragrance to it. So please--don't give me bath salts.

Clothes: As a kid, there was nothing worse than the dreaded flat, rectangular box. It meant a sweater, or new pajamas, or yet another hat, scarf, and mitten set. I don't care how old a kid you become, Christmas is for TOYS! My toys of choice have changed to books, CDs, and DVDs, but they're still FUN!

Christmas candy Candy and Sweets: My butt is already too big. I have a hard enough time avoiding this stuff the other 11 months of the year. I'd rather have some new highlighters, glue sticks and white-out. (Yes, I still use it.)

Candles Candles: My mother put the fear of fire in me at an early age. I got one of those candle warmers a few years ago, but seldom use it--especially as I read something online that said the scent of these lovely smelling candles might be toxic. (Same with all those air fresheners--and I've heard the ones you plug in have caused fires.) Why might be toxic? Nobody has ever done a study.

That's just off the top of my head?

What is it that you DON'T WANT for Christmas?