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All I want for Christmas...
Posted Dec. 12, 2008

Madison Steff
Editorial Director

With Christmas approaching I have compiled a list of things I am asking good old Saint Nick for this year. This may not sound like your typical wish list, but they are what I desperately desire this holiday season.
Dear Santa,

First and foremost, I would like my family back this Christmas. Without going into detail or having a pity party for myself, let’s just say that over the past few months my perfect little family has been ripped apart, and I want for nothing more than to have things go back to normal. I would love to wake up on Christmas morning with my mother and sister, run outside to see you on the fire truck and eat See’s candy all day like I have my entire life.

I am also asking for happiness. I can honestly say that I used to be the happiest girl around, but, due to recent circumstances, I am in a bit of a slump and desperately want to smile without faking, laugh without holding back, and have fun no matter what I am doing. If these first two gifts are all I receive this Christmas, I consider myself more than lucky, but just in case you are feeling extra generous this season, I will continue on with my list.

As cheesy and cliché as this may sound, I would also like world peace this Christmas. Every day, we are faced with the same devastating news: war, violence, crime and disaster, and I just wish that it could be put to an end. Trust me, Santa, I am no hippie, but can’t we all just get along?

My next request is a gift for my grandparents. I would like them to have the gift of health this season. My grandpa has Parkinson’s disease, and my grandma has trouble walking, and if you could help them out, it would mean the world to me. They are two of the most amazing individuals whom I have ever met, and I feel very fortunate to have them in my life. Trust me Santa, they deserve it.

I would also like a job this Christmas. Sounds like an exciting gift, right? With less than a week left of my college career, I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask the big guy for a little help. If at all possible, I would prefer a job in a quiet little town outside of California where the weather is not too hot but not too cold. If I’m going to ask, I might as well be specific right?

As much as I hate to admit it, there are a few materialistic items that I would like this year as well. The first one is a horse. I would very much like to have a Quarter Horse gelding that is good on trails and has experience cutting. I’ll leave the color up to you.

The last and final thing I would like and perhaps the only gift that will come close to fitting under my tree this Christmas is Edward Cullen. I have never been one to swoon over a guy, but there is something about him that makes my heart melt. Maybe it is the fact that he is a fictional character that I know could never truly exist or his constant thirst for human blood, but, whatever it is, I’m hooked. Oh, and in case you are wondering, I’m not one of those obsessive Twilight fans. Edward and I are in love…he just doesn’t know it yet.

Santa, I promise I have been a good girl this year, and if you have been making your list and checking it twice, I am confident that I am on the nice list this Christmas. But if you are still a little skeptical, I guarantee it’s nothing a few extra cookies can’t fix. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Sincerly, Madison

Madison Steff, a senior communications major, is editorial director of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at madison.steff@laverne.edu.