It’s amazing how priorities change when it comes to Christmas wishlists. When I was a kid I would specifically write “no socks, no underwear” on my wishlist because every year, without fail, they would be under the tree and I was convinced that they were the most boring Christmas presents ever. The socks and underwear were always from “Mrs. Claus.” Poor “Mrs. Claus,” why did she always have to be the practical one?
When I got to college the first thing on my Christmas wishlist was “more socks, more underwear.”
When I started having kids the list became things related to having kids. Sometimes I wouldn’t even bother to write a wishlist because I’m supposed to be a grown-up now and Christmas presents are for the kids. And, after three kids do parents even know how to dream and wish for anything other than sleep?
Now I’m in my first year of the PhD program. Between the books, books, and more books, and the need for a steady supply of PhD fuel (aka caffeine), there is no mistaking what season of life is represented by this year’s wishlist.
Amanda’s Christmas Wishlist 2015
- Having Chuck come for a visit to Toronto in February so we can celebrate our 10th anniversary.
- Tim Horton’s gift cards (for steady supply of warm Picard-style caffeine)
- Moleskine brand lined notebooks (3-pack) (Best notebooks ever and a must-have for PhD students)
- “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin (fiction on my list?!!! I have time to read for fun?)
- “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (non-academic non-fiction on my list?!!! What was I thinking?)
- President’s Choice gift cards (because a girl’s got to eat)
- “Theology as Discipleship” by Keith Johnson (can you tell I’m a theology major?)
- Cineplex Odeon gift cards (all work and no play makes Manda a dull student)
- “Reading Barth with Charity” by George Hunsinger (were you really expecting there to not be any Barth on my list?)
- “The Undoing of Death” by Fleming Routledge (because theology)
- ESV German/English Parallel Bible (Need to work on my German)
- “Barth’s Theological Ontology of Holy Scripture” by Alfred Yuen (yes, more Barth)
- Packages of printer paper (self-explanatory)
- Leather-bound large print BCP (Because I can’t neglect my devotional life)
- iTunes gift card (see comment on the Cineplex gift cards)
- fuel for paper-writing (aka Diet Pepsi)
- funky-coloured socks (because I can’t not have socks on my wishlist)