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One of my all-time favorite Christmas songs is "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt. If you're not familiar with the song, it's basically a rundown of one woman's wishlist for the holidays—sung sweetly to Santa, of course. It's cheeky, it's catchy, and, if I'm being honest, it perfectly captures every woman's tendency to want it all (year-round, but particularly during special occasions). But while a light blue '54 convertible and the deed to a platinum mine may be on her wishlist, they're certainly not on mine.
When it comes to presents, I'm not the easiest person to shop for. I like the gifts I receive to be useful and practical—or at least useful and practical in my eyes. Through the years, my parents and my boyfriend have learned the most foolproof way to give me presents: either they ask me point blank or they take me with them when they go shopping. The element of surprise? I've never heard of such a thing.
Since I know my mom regularly stalks the Female Network website, she's bound to come across this entry. So Mom, if you decide to take back what you've said about working people not needing to receive gifts on Christmas, then here you go. If not, well, I'd appreciate it if you can share this list with my boyfriend.
Happy holidays, everyone!