The Christmas List

December already and I’m attempting to get my Christmas shopping done. I haven’t yet given serious thought to baking, decorating or wrapping gifts yet, but that’s nothing unusual for me. Eventually everything that needs doing gets done before the big day. I’m not one of those people who thrive on the “preparation part” of Christmas. I want to go into Christmas relaxed and able to enjoy the time with my family. When my kids were small that was next to impossible. Sometimes change is a good thing.
This Christmas there will be laughter, food, gifts, and most of all the laughter. Did I mention laughter? Of right, I did. We’re a pretty silly bunch when we get together. Last year seemed to be the year for poetry as a good many poems accompanied the gifts. I’m inclined to think that, for all of us, the poems were the best part, certainly the part that we remember first.
I always ask my kids to make a list of gift suggestions just to make it a bit easier on dear old Mum. I have a full head of hair and I’d like to keep it that way. My kids all know this list is more of a wish list than anything because I’m not about to try and track down everything on it. Besides, now that they’re all earning more money than me I’m thinking that perhaps I’m the one who should be making up a list. It never seems to work that way though. Ah well, that’s the way.
Last year I shared with you a bit of my son’s list where he claimed to have suddenly gone Atheist and therefore didn’t want any Christmas gifts.You can read a portion of last year’s Christmas list. here. It was a fairly substantial note intended to obviously amuse me, which it did. I’m a pushover when it comes to silly. My kids know it.
This year, after an enormous amount of prodding from me, I received this lovely list in an email which he titled “short and sweet.” I thought some of you might be interested to see what’s on the wish list of your typical 24 year old these days. Hmmm, did I say typical?…Tell me what you think. This is how the email arrived to me. I added my response. I simply couldn’t stop myself.

short and sweet:

-A 1000 pk bag of sugar twin.  (I’m assuming he’s developed a sweet tooth, but doesn’t want the calories)
-A 50 pound bag of potatoes.  (This one really threw me..For the love of God who asks for a 50 pound bag of spuds? When asked to specify, he said he’s partial to Yukon Gold.)
-Nair for men (Is there even such a thing as Nair for men? Okay, this one had me worried a bit. But wait, my mind is telling me he’s been lifting weights at the gym, could it be he’s going to become a body builder? Body builders remove unwanted hair, right?)
-Grecian 5, colour AC242  (I have no idea if this is an actual colour, but me thinks not. I’m sure he pulled that colour number out of thin air.)
-Cardamom— (hmmmm.This is one bachelor who knows how to cook and obviously knows more about spices than his mother.. I had to look that spice up. Perhaps it’s an attention getter, you know for when he invites his date in for a meal he’s prepared. Every woman loves a man who knows his way around the kitchen. Right? But will she even know what Cardamom is?)
-Pickled Herring (I knew  sooner or later there would be something fishy about this list of his.)
-door stops –(Yup, what every young man hankers after these days—door stops.I’m sure there are a few rocks around here that would do the trick. In his spare time he can paint them up and make them look quite nifty if he’s truly ambitious.)
-those little pads that go on your cupboard doors ( .Ah yes, those little pads, the ones my second child chewed off my cupboards when she was a toddler. Apparently, they even lack a proper name ..)
-2, 5 gallon SunSpun oil buckets (Free at the superstore)  (Need they be SunSpun, I wondered? Won’t just any five gallon bucket do the trick? I’m assuming these will double for chairs as well as storage, right? You know, for when he invites his date over a gourmet meal of pickled herring and potatoes that he’s prepared himself. He can even sweeten that dessert he’s making with sugar twin and let’s not forget the cardamom, heavens to Betsy we can’t forget that.)

So there you see what I have to deal with. Although, truthfully, it serves to remind me that we needn’t take life or Christmas too seriously. There are far more important things in this world than wanting everything to be perfect.  Perfection is a façade, something that builds up our expectations to greater heights when really it is the simpler things such as peace, hope,joy and love that we will remember and cherish. Let’s not forget the love and support of family. It won’t be that big ticket item you purchased that you’ll look back on with fond memories, but the happy times that you created with your loved ones near.

Now to get back to my Christmas shopping. Anyone know a good place to buy Yukon Gold potatoes? I SO want to get him a bag just to see the expression on his face come Christmas morning.

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  1. Fun blog, Laura. Your son is silly. I LIKE THAT!

    Now you’ve got me thinking about my Christmas list. I’d better get going on it and give it to Cathy. She needs a lot of reminding, the poor girl. A bit on the absent minded side.

    • Dear Loup, welcome to my blog. I feel so honoured that you took the time to stop chasing your tail just to read and comment. You’re one special puppy.

      You definitely need to make a list. You can’t expect poor Cathy to be a mind reader. Now get off your haunches and getting writing. ;)

  2. Cate

     /  December 5, 2011

    Laughing and picturing Matt’s face as he created this! Cate

    • Oh, I’m sure he rubbed his hands together before hitting the keyboard, no doubt snickered a time or two as well. Glad you enjoyed the post, Cate and thanks for commenting.

  3. These are the best sorts of Christmas lists: practical, relatively inexpensive and fun.

  4. Cyclists remove hair on their legs to cut down on drag. Has he got a bicycle? Or should that be on the list….?

    • I’m afraid his bike is at home, Hilary, but maybe he plans to take it into the city with him after Christmas. Some things we just don’t need to know the answers to.

  5. I must say I am more than amused that he took the time to come up with this fabulous list which is more than my 25 and 22 year old sons did! Actually they told me a couple of things, but I really like what your son did as my list made purchasing much easier than your list!

    • My son, what can I say? He does come by it honestly. Oh, the actual list arrived about a week later. Seriously, everything on the list was practical and not so costly.

  6. My husband was making fun of me because I actually asked for Febreeze plug in refills for Christmas. You can’t find them anymore, so why not? ;)

    • Hey now, Pauline, hasn’t your husband yet learned that it is those small things or the next to impossible things to get that mean the most to us? Perhaps you gave him a bigger challenge than he was ready to undertake? ;)

  7. Mary Ann Turner

     /  December 5, 2011

    Not sure where you can get the Yukon Golds….maybe Glyda’s in Western Shore. I will keep my eye open on my travels. They’re not my choice of potato but would love to be a fly on the wall when he actually receives his list for Christmas. My son keeps saying he doesn’t need anything…perhaps that’s just what I’ll do….wrap a gift with nothing in it!!!!

    • Hi Mary Ann! What a pleasant surprise. Glad to have you drop in and for a visit. An empty gift is so full of potential. You can tell him it is filled with love and appreciation for a wonderful son and save your money. ;)

  8. Your son sounds like a hoot! I love a sense of humour. Nothing’s more appealing. I love his list. Our youngest has a 2012 Ford Truck on his list. Lordy!

    • Oh he’s come up with some good ones in the past, Joylene. He can make stuff up at the snap of a finger. I’m sometimes left wondering what is real and what is fantasy. He’s a great kid.

      A 2012 Ford Truck? I say buy him a bag of potatoes instead. ;)

  9. What a great Christmas list! Your son has a fab sense of humour. Make sure that bag of potatoes is under the tree. My brothers and I always had silly fun at Christmas too and those were the best gifts!!

  10. LOL! That list is hysterical. :-)

  11. fivecats

     /  December 5, 2011

    If you can’t find that 50-pound bag of Yukon gold potatoes, may be 4 or 5 Yukon Golds in a nicely wrapped box will suffice. Better yet, “Your present is part of our dinner. I thank you for being ever so considerate in making this the best and finest Christmas dinner ever.”

    Nair for men – I don’t think that exists. Product warning: Nair is made from sodium hydroxide (think lye or Drano).

    Enjoy your Christmas shopping. :)

  12. Laura, I think your son’s Christmas list is a hoot and you absolutely need to get at least the potatoes :)

    There is a lot to be said for creating tradition. This is something he can pass down to his children. Maybe they’ll get potatoes in their stockings instead of coal.

    • Everyone seems to think the potatoes are a good idea.

      As for tradition, knowing him, his kids will get potatoes instead of coal. ;)

  13. Madison Woods

     /  December 5, 2011

    Cute list, and yeah… about the Nair… some things are best left unexplained, lol. My son doesn’t know there’s such a thing as too much information! Of course he’s only 15 and loves to cause me discomfort.

  14. I had to go to the “” website to find out about Cardamom. All I knew is that it’s a spice, but I’ve never had any in my kitchen! That’s quite the gourmet son you have, Laura. Quite the sense of humour, too. I love that list! Now I just need to figure out a way to get all my kids over here to read it.

    • I’m hearing you about the Cardamom, Carol. I had to look it up as well. I was surprised that he even put it on his list. If he’s been reading any of this I bet next year’s list will be a real doozy. ;)

  15. I’ll send you some cardamom. I bought it for a recipe that won’t be made again. :) I’ve seen those potatoes here, but NOT in a 50 lb. bag! Oh what fun it is to bide my time on Laura’s blog! (Did you sing that?)

    • I think I’m good for cardamom, Patti. But thanks for the offer lol! Seems like one of those things I’d never know what to do with.

      LOL! Well I did sing it after you mentioned it…:)

  16. Lovely you have such fun when your family all gets together. Blessings to you all.

  17. I love your son’s Christmas list! Yukon Gold potatoes are generally a tad more expensive than regular white ones though…might be best to hit up the Bulk Barn for some cardamom!


    • Thanks, Wendy! It’s so nice to see your smiling face. I’ve missed you around the blogosphere. I bet the bulk barn will have cardamom.

  18. Laura, you totally had me chuckling out loud.Your family’s celebrations (including poems!) and silliness sound much like mine.

    And you reminded me–I need to make a list too (my kids and hubby demand it). Jennifer Neri also blogged about her Christmas list this week . . . Perhaps I should do the same.

    I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas season, filled with laughter and silliness and fun and loved ones. You’re so right: it’s not about stuff at all.

    • So glad you dropped in Ev.Yes, by all means. get that Christmas list written! We are writers, after all. It should be easy for

      Long ago I gave up thinking of Christmas as simply giving and receiving gifts. While both are nice, I tend to remember the fun we had, not what the gifts were.

      Thank you for the Christmas wich, Ev, and I wish you the same. :)

  19. With the cardamom and the pickled herring, your son sounds Scandinavian. Every good Scandinavian will be able to recognize the taste of cardamom in the cookies and fancy breads. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

    Happy holidays, Laura. :)

    • One thing I can say for sure, Holli, it wouldn’t surprise me if the kid turned out to be Scandinavian. He’s quite creative so pulling that off is within the realm of possibility. Happy Holidays to you as well. :)

  20. I just googled “Sunspun Oil Buckets” looking to see how big they were… and you were the 3rd link. Congrats on that.

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