What I Want for Christmas

What I want for ChristmasNow that my wife and I have been married for more than 10 years, picking out Christmas presents has become somewhat of a challenge for each other. She’ll ask me what I want for Christmas, and I’ll do the same. But neither of us can really think of many things in particular.

It’s not that we’re fussy or don’t know what to get each other. We’re both got a lot of things that we really want to do, but they’re not really your classic “under $50 and under the tree” variety. Part of the problem (if you can really call it that) is that we’re both pretty realistic about what we want. We don’t get too carried away. Plus we’re both working professionals, and so we’re accustomed to buying the things we need when we want them.

But then there’s the fact that now that I’m older, my priorities have changed. The things that keep me up at night just aren’t the same things that bothered me when I was younger. So unlike when I was eight years old, when someone asks me what I want for Christmas, my answers tend to carry a little more personal meaning than they used to. In no particular order, here they are:


What I Want for Christmas – (Really) …

1. Enjoyable conversation with my family.

2. Knowing that my kids will come out on top no matter what challenge they face.

3. Security and guarantees for our finances.

4. More date nights with my wife.

5. To continue to take my family on grand vacations every year.

6. More ambition to exercise as aggressively as I used to.

7. More lazy days to spend with my wife.

8. To add another passive income stream to our finances in 2013.

9. To grow this blog (at least beyond 10,000 visitors per month) and know that it truly improved life for someone else.


Merry Christmas everyone!


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    • MMD says

      I just finally got a taste of that this year. Our tween daughter is starting to adopt the same style as my wife, so Christmas shopping was much more of a breeze!

    • MMD says

      Merry Christmas to you Pauline! I’d actually love to bump that up to one or two dates per month (providing we can get the babysitting)! I’m with you that going out is way more fun than actually getting stuff.

    • MMD says

      Merry Christmas to you too! We came really close to not buying anything for each other either this year. We’ve got a big home project planned instead that our money is ear-marked for.


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