With my eighteenth birthday and Christmas approaching (I was born on Christmas -- hence the name Noel), I've been thinking about how to approach the age-old question: What do you want?
A friend recently told me that her family is not exchanging Christmas presents this year (because of the economic crisis) in order to save money for college. I bit my tongue because I had spent the last few weeks gradually making a wish list for my eighteenth birthday/Christmas, because my parents did not mention any issues of money with me even though I knew that my college savings fund was being depleted by the recession, and because I knew that there is absolute nothing that I need this year.
Therefore, I present my wish list with a grain of salt -- I could never expect these presents in a time like this, when the economy is so terrible and college tuition piling on top of high school tuition is just around the corner. Now, if I owned diamond mines in Africa and hid gold bars under my bed, I wouldn't be conjuring up such a fantastical list for Santa -- in reality, I'd rather have peace on Earth (and maybe a sweet boy under the mistletoe):
A wool coat from Betsey Johnson, an Agent Provocateur bow garter, a canary yellow feather sash belt from J. Crew, Stella McCartney pumps, a Yorkshire Terrier named Britannia, a custom-made bolero by BONZIE, a subscription to the darling Lula Magazine, a dress by Paule Ka, the book Style by Kate Spade, extravagant Shu Uemura false eyelashes, a Blackberry Storm for my inner technology geek, Team Chuck t-shirt, Holly Golightly sleep mask, a sharp jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, giant hair bows à la Brigitte Bardot, the Chanel 2.55.
I suppose I'd also have to include getting into college.
What is on your holiday/birthday wishlist?