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Michael / December 6, 2004 11:51 AM

A condo would be nice. Maybe my wish will come true like it did for little Natalie Wood in "A Miracle On 34th Street", if I start believing in Santa again.

brian / December 6, 2004 12:06 PM

A pet squirrel and the ability to ice skate.

Mike / December 6, 2004 12:13 PM

A month's rent, the new Amnesty International calendar and a few days off.

Maggie / December 6, 2004 12:32 PM

My grandma to be out of the hospital and a DVD player.

Though that ice skating thing would be nice, too.

robin.. / December 6, 2004 12:33 PM

money, for in the words of a wiser foursome than i (?), "money don't get everything, it's true; but what it don't get, i can't use." i have everything i need, but those pesky wants do crop up occaisionally.

oh, and a new freaking president, and a paper trail for electronic voting, and a bottle of knob creek. if that's not too much to ask.

waleeta / December 6, 2004 12:39 PM

My tuition for next year. Any takers?

waleeta / December 6, 2004 12:40 PM

*sigh*. And peace on earth I guess. But only the day AFTER Bush leaves office.

amyc / December 6, 2004 12:42 PM


Cinnamon / December 6, 2004 12:56 PM

I'm with amyc. I don't want any more stuff. I got stuff. Odd now that I've finally got a home where I don't bump into something everytime I turn around I don't want anything. Sure there are things that would be nice to have, but I've gotten along just fine without them. Maybe I'm just scarred from moving three months ago and need to buy some emotional Neosporin.

terry / December 6, 2004 1:00 PM

for christmas i want salvation for all.

for hanakkah i want justice for all.

for kwanzaa i want prosperity for all.

i also want great healthy orgy sex too, but that doesn't coincide with any particular holiday or time of year, just about everyday should cover it.

Brenda / December 6, 2004 1:01 PM

Continued employment and good health. Anything beyond that is gravy.

Gordon / December 6, 2004 1:41 PM

A new movie from Wes Anderson.

katie / December 6, 2004 1:57 PM

a leopard-skin pill-box hat. and at least three weeks of vacation time for next year.

paul / December 6, 2004 2:01 PM

I'm realistic. Nobody's gonna grant me peace on earth, or even get me a Nikon D70, so I'll be easy and ask for the Extended Return of the King DVD and maybe a nice bottle of Belgian beer.

armaghetto / December 6, 2004 2:02 PM

all-in-wonder Radeon 9600 xt

I feel that my enjoyment of Half Life 2 is not complete with my meager Geforce FX 5600.

Alex / December 6, 2004 2:16 PM

A good night's sleep.

Leo / December 6, 2004 2:22 PM

A puppy! But I suppose I'll have to ask Santa for a home with a backyard first.

pat / December 6, 2004 2:53 PM


roderick / December 6, 2004 3:53 PM

To move out of my house. Or to speed along my mother in menopause. Whichever comes first.

chris / December 6, 2004 4:10 PM

A Canon Rebel and a nice girlfriend.

Michael / December 6, 2004 4:39 PM

If we're all about being realistic here...then I'll scrap the condo, and second Chris on the nice girlfriend. And an iPod.

Kevin / December 6, 2004 4:43 PM

I wanna decide who lives and who dies.

And a kitten.

mar-mar / December 6, 2004 4:51 PM

i got a voucher in the mail from a friend recently which exempts me and my partner from having to exchange gifts with her and her partner this Christmas. i loved this idea-- not that we are forbidden from giving, but that the pressure is off--we agree to give gifts only out of spontaneous and subject-specific generosity, not just cause the calendar says so.

christian / December 6, 2004 5:00 PM

The new Coctails box set, and Top Cat on dvd.

Thurston / December 6, 2004 5:18 PM

I would like to be whisked away to Brazil for a year to travel and learn Portuguese.

Jeffroix / December 6, 2004 5:27 PM

Yes to no more stuff; no to the damned war.

Lisa / December 6, 2004 5:28 PM

An iPod and a cute boyfriend with hair who is close to my age. I know for sure that I'm getting the iPod, so that's cool. I'm not so sure that the boyfriend is out there!

Shasta MacNasty / December 6, 2004 6:53 PM

The Ramp

Not work-safe, kids ;-D

tony / December 6, 2004 7:19 PM

I want snow and bitter cold.

In my 20+ year history of spending Christmases in Chicagoland I haven't been disappointed.

I'll also put in a vote for a nice girlfriend, but I am more than content with snow and cold weather.

Veronica / December 6, 2004 10:03 PM

The season 1 Gilmore Girls DVDs. I'm easy to please - that would make my Christmas.

Pete / December 7, 2004 9:01 AM

Since my November 2nd "early Christmas gift" never arrived, I'll settle for a good pair of bookshelf speakers and the new Elliott Smith CD.

m2 / December 7, 2004 9:17 AM

A blumpkin

Mike / December 7, 2004 10:41 AM

I'm suprised no one has said "My two front teeth" yet. Lots of world peace wishers out there though.
There's only one thing I want, actually it something I want not to happen. I'd like for Jude Law never to star in four movies in one month again.

Also, M2, that's disgusting.

Mrs. Notif / December 7, 2004 11:07 AM

1) Freedom from student loan/credit card debt.
2) A new job.
3) An iPod.

Dawson / December 7, 2004 11:26 AM

A year-long trip around the world
A monkey
More egg nog
Bed sheets
Screen printing supplies

Shylo / December 7, 2004 11:32 AM

I vote for finding a store which sells clothing that fits me perfectly, is affordable, and durable. Or I'd like to learn to sew.

Anthony / December 7, 2004 12:19 PM

a transporter, but i'd settle for a decent digital camera.

i'm also anti-stuff. i told my mom we are not buying each other tchotchkes this year. i have a whole apartment full of shit. i suggested a family hot air balloon ride. my sister countered with a horse trick show. i win.

Mikey / December 7, 2004 1:33 PM

The Idealist in me wants just one news cycle without a report of someone dying some horrid death.

The Consumer in me wants the Seinfeld dvds.

The Kid in me wants the Stink Blaster.

And I want some meds to make all these people in me shut up already!

Tom / December 7, 2004 1:41 PM

For all those asking for the Apple MP3 player, note that there are plenty of comparable music players out there that are much better values . Some don't limit the user's ability to listen to certain file types. Some actually have removable batteries. Some can be recognized by any Windows PC without the need to install proprietary software. Oh yeah and other come in pretty little colored versions, too.

The uninformed yet brand-conscious mentality makes me wretch.

mike / December 7, 2004 2:35 PM

I'm fine. But thanks for asking.

Mrs.Notif / December 7, 2004 2:40 PM

Oh, Tom, puhleaze -- is this really the time and place for your "uninformed, brand-conscious wretched mentality" snide remarks? How about Mr. already has an iPod, and I would appreciate the facility by which a 2nd iPod would allow me to transition into the existing equipment (iTrip, etc.) my household already employs. Also, I might add that Mr. NotIfButWhen already uses the existing iPod for many different file and platform types, more as an external hard drive. And, while we participate in and advocate responsible consumerism, including Buy Nothing Day, sometimes you just gotta indulge yourself and buy something -- especially if you're going to use it.

Nuxrs / December 7, 2004 3:47 PM

Tom, your spelling is RETCHED.

Naz / December 7, 2004 3:58 PM

Tom - there are. But for the longest time, they all sucked. The first MP3 player I actually liked from an aesthetic view is the Zen Micro. I have an iPod. I like it - love the fact that it has a few simple PDA like features, that I can use it as a hard drive, syncs up with iTunes nicely , etc.

I'm not even a Mac user but I've always loved their products. Like Mrs. Notif, I have acecssories for it like the iTrip (which makes hitting the road a great time) and love the simplicity of it.

"The uninformed yet brand-conscious mentality makes me wretch."

I'm plenty informed but yes, I am brand conscious and Apple makes good products. It fits my needs which is what's important - if it doesn't fit yours, then that's the beauty of choice.

As for retching, can't help you there.

To each his own.

It's all good.

Craig / December 7, 2004 4:05 PM

"The uninformed yet brand-conscious mentality makes me wretch."

How presumptious. Value is all personal perception. You may value cash savings over a well-designed product, but don't assume everyone else holds the same values.

Carly / December 7, 2004 4:11 PM


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Steve / December 7, 2004 4:55 PM

I'd be happy with a plumber -- to rod out our stinkin' shower drain. Especially now that the bathroom sink is backing up into the tub. Anyone wanna give my landlord a call? He won't respond to mine....

Kevin / December 7, 2004 11:27 PM

Nothing here. Just closing Naz's tag. :)

steve_sleeve / December 8, 2004 9:40 AM

iPods are the new two front teeth.

I'd like to agree with mar-mar, who wrote "... give gifts only out of spontaneous and subject-specific generosity, not just cause the calendar says so." Totally right on.

That said, I'm still getting gifts for my family and close friends, and since you asked, I want a Carter pedal steel.

cathy / December 8, 2004 8:01 PM

I'd like $500,000 free and clear to start up an awesome cafe/bar/all-around-great-hangout spot with great food and drink in my neighborhood.

cathy / December 8, 2004 8:03 PM

I'd like $500,000 free and clear to start up an awesome cafe/bar/all-around-great-hangout spot with great food and drink in my neighborhood.

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