Every year I am asked what I want for Christmas. People sometimes seem at a loss as to what to get me. I search my brain trying to think of ideas and am usually able to come up with some good gift ideas.
But if you really want to know what I want for Christmas, think simple, think quiet, think me.
The gifts that I really, really want for Christmas won’t even cost you a dime.
I would like to go to the bathroom without a child barging in asking if they can have a Fanta at 8 o’clock at night while I sit on the toilet. No, knocking doesn’t mean you can come in. Hearing me say “Come in” means you can come in.
I would like to take a shower without a little voice on the other side of the curtain asking me if I’m done once every 48 seconds.
I would like to sit at the table in the morning with a hot cup of coffee without being asked to cut up waffles.
I would like to eat a chocolate bar, out in the open, without anyone whining that they don’t have a chocolate bar and asking where I got the chocolate bar and finally demanding a bite of the chocolate bar.
I would like to take a nice relaxing bath without a child sneaking up to sit on the side of the tub and dip their feet in my bathwater.
I would like to spend an afternoon shopping without having to take a kid into a filthy public bathroom.
I would like to sit on my bed watching Coronation Street on my CBC app without a kid grabbing the iPad right out of my hands and taking it over. Maybe getting them into British Soaps wasn’t such a great idea.
I would like to spend a day in front of the fire in my PJs with a book in my hands and a glass of wine beside me.
I would like to pick a movie for movie night.
I would like to ask my kids to do something and find the task done, without having to ask again and again and again.
I would like an entire day without arguing or whining or complaining.
I would like to have one dinner without something spilling.
I would like the Candy Cane Ice Cream that’s currently in the freezer to last.
I would like to wake up in a bed with no children beside me feeling rested and ready to take on the world.
So, if you’re curious as to what’s on my Christmas list I’ve kept it easy. I don’t need anything fancy or expensive. It doesn’t need to be wrapped up in pretty paper or finished off with a bow.
Truth is all I really need is a little time to myself.