I'm far too advanced in life to have a list of wished-for presents, although I remember those days fondly. My husband and I don't exchange gifts now, as we try to "gift" each other all year-round with loving surprises and planned-for trips. We stopped exchanging gifts with adult family members about ten years ago, too. We all have everything we need!
We've simplified the holiday to a few meals with loved ones and old friends, one fabulous office party, and some treasured time away from the pressures of work. (Sandy owns his own software business, though, and is always subject to a Christmas Eve phone call.).
My holiday wishes are simple and extravagant at the same time. For my family, continued good health. For our home life, another year of peace and enjoyment of each other's company.
The tragic murders in Connecticut make my "wish" for my country rise up to the top: fewer guns, saner gun laws, more easily-accessed help for troubled minds.
Being a fully normal and mostly-conforming American consumer, sure I want new boots too! I'll write about those things later. For today, I'm wishing for healing, and a rational change in how we think about guns. Like President Obama said on Sunday, "Surely, we can do better than this."