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On a day that was supposed to be relaxing and mellow, my husband announced that the time had come for us to clean out the garage.  Seeing the look of horror on my face, he quickly rephrased his statement.  Acknowledging how much I do during the week, he suggested that I sit and do nothing while he attended to the chore.

Doing nothing is not something I know how to do, nevertheless it sounded much more appealing than cleaning the garage.  To avoid feeling guilty, I went upstairs and attempted to do nothing

A few hours later, my husband came in to our bedroom with a smile on his face and a stack of papers in his hand.   “Letters to Santa,” he announced.  He dropped them on the bed and headed back to the garage.

Letter to Santa

As I began reading the letter our kids wrote many years ago, I couldn’t help but smile at how silly and gullible they were then and how grown up and mature they have become.  Then I had an idea—why not get everyone to write a letter to Santa this year?  It would be fun and interesting to see how their wish lists changed as they have grown up.  

At dinner, I announced my idea and was pleasantly surprised when my “gang” didn’t think that I had lost a marble or two.  Afterwards, everyone disappeared into their rooms to compose their letters.  Surprisingly, it took them much longer this time around.  

As I read their “grown up” letters, it quickly became evident that their priorities have changed but their values haven’t.  I found that toys were replaced with “boys” or “girls.”  Getting good grades was replaced with getting a good solid degree.  Health and happiness was a priority for all, and peace on earth was an important concern.  It warmed my heart to see that my husband and I did something right, that we raised kids with good values and gold hearts.

My husband and I had similar requests of Santa.  But I, of course, had many more.  First on my list was immunity from acquiring any more pounds as I get older (enough is enough!).  I want that awesome body I never had, the legs that turn heads, and the flawless skin without wrinkles.  I want my 20/20 back and menopause to pass me by unnoticed.  I want to be constantly, obliviously happy.  And did I mention I want to be skinny?

These were fun things to ask for, but if you were to read my entire list you would see that the truly important items came towards the end.  I want our world to be at peace.  I asked for my family to be happy and healthy.  I asked for our parents and grandparents to be around us for many years to come.  I asked to be able to enjoy my children and their children, and I wanted to continue to be in love with my husband as much as the day I married him.

After this fun exercise, we all sat down to talk about what we wanted and how we are going to get it.  Regardless of what we asked for, we all agreed on one thing—whether you believe in Santa or not is irrelevant.  The key is to believe in yourself, then write down your list and go after it.  When you believe in yourself, the sky is the limit!

Happy Holidays to you and yours,

p.s. Want to share your letter to Santa with us?


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      Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • Yana, this sounds like a fun activity to do. I need to do this with my adult children.

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      Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • My letter to Santa would be as follows:

      I want to be out of debt, winning the lottery would help.
      I want to be thin, please take my appetite away.
      I want world peace, all this fighting is so elementary.
      I want the Dallas Cowboys to win the Super Bowl - it is okay to expect a miracle happy

      On a serious note, I just want to be happy and healthy.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • I love this blog, Yana. You have such an awesome family and you and your husband have indeed raised some great kids/young adults.

      My list would not be much different than yours. It seems like we get to this age and our priorities get straight. We are able to see what is truly important

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      Inakika wrote Dec 22, 2008
    • What a great idea, Yana! I wish I could get my family to do that, but it probably won’t happen. But I will live vicariously through your family.
      Is there any room at the dinner table for me? I don’t eat much (yeah, right) and I clean up after myself. Just an idea.....estatic

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      Stephanie Wolf wrote Dec 22, 2008
    • What a great idea, but I don’t think my husband would write anything down.  He’s too busy being Santa himself.
      Our 11 year old son loves to write a letter every Christmas Eve, and we always leave out cookies and a can of Coke for Santa (milk gets too warm and yucky), plus carrots and celery for the reindeer.  Every year my husband writes back in his journal something special and thanks him for all he’s done.  I think I’m going to try to have my other children do a letter too, even though one daughter is in Dalls, and we are in Connecticut.

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      Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 23, 2008
    • What a wonderful blog. You have ab incredible family. You and your husbnad and truly amazing people. Thank you for sharing this and may Santa bring you Everything on your list!

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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 23, 2008
    • I love this blog.  Now I wish my boys were younger so I could do the letters all over again.  I do miss that innocence of Christmas.  

      I do like the journal idea....that way you are able to keep it all together.  

      My letter to Santa would consists of:

       —-World Peace

       —-To be completely debt free

       —-To be healthier

       —-To be skinnier

       —-For unemployment to go way down

       —-For my boys to stay healthy and safe

       —-For my husband to become healthier

       —-And to be materialistic... some house remodeling....

      But really all of those things are what I pray addition to many others.

      Merry Christmas......

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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 23, 2008
    • What a great blog Yana!
      My list mostly revolves around serving others and helping them reach their goals. By helping others achieve their dreams, I attain mine. I love what I do! :)
      For those who want to be skinnier and healthier, I encourage you all to take the 6 month challenge. I’ll be blogging about it next week! If you just can’t wait, pm me and I’ll fill you in.

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      Petula Wright wrote Dec 23, 2008
    • This post was great! I hope this doesn’t sound to scrooge like, but I don’t encourage the belief in Santa with my younger children and my oldest daughter knew at a very young age that Santa wasn’t real. But I do like the idea... hmmm?? maybe we can still do something like this.  

      BTW: Your writing is great. Very engaging and interesting.

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      Gabby wrote Dec 23, 2008
    • Yana—-this indeed is a great way to build family togetherness—-sharing and giving is an important way to show our love for each other.

      You and your dear husband are a great role model to your children. I am sure they will never forget the most important lessons they have imbibed from both of you.

      Good Luck and Happy Holidays to all Fabulous Parents/ Grandparents & their children/grandchildren.

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