When I was growing up, I always had a long list of things I wanted for Christmas.

I’d start mentioning gifts I wanted in October, hoping that the news would make its way to Santa. When I got older, it didn’t stop. It may have gotten worse.

All the while, I’d ask my parents what they wanted. Their reply? Usually something along the lines of, “I don’t need anything. Save your money.”

That always baffled me. How could someone not want a present? Especially when I wanted so many.

I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but in the past couple of years, my wish lists have dwindled. When my parents and siblings ask what I want for Christmas, I stare blankly and reply with, “You don’t need to get me anything.”

I understand my parents now. I guess I’ve finally crossed the threshold into adulthood in which you’ve settled down and you can buy the things you need and save for the ones you want.

Instead of material items, I want to spend time with my family without the hassle and mess of gift giving.

What I really want this holiday season is to bake cookies with my mom the way we did when I was young, and I’d love to spend some time in the garage with my dad learning about woodworking.

I would truly enjoy getting to spend some quality time with my brother and sister-in-law talking about their biking adventures and travel stories.

It would be awesome if I got to spend some time with my nieces, even if it means sorting the oldest one’s rock collection 15 times. And if I could spend some quality time with their parents, my sister and brother-in-law, that would be even better.

Instead of showering my other half with tons of gifts, I’d rather start a new tradition of enjoying a homemade breakfast together on Christmas Day and sharing our hopes and dreams for the year to come.

I guess I lied. It turns out my wish list this year is pretty long. But it’s full of things money can’t buy. I’ll save that kind of shopping for myself. And after seeing this year’s Shop Small Gift Guide, I have plenty to gift myself. I’m especially intrigued by the home gifts highlighted in About Your Home.

Enjoy your holidays, whether you’re gifting for others or for yourself.

Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor

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Kelsey Reinhart

Kelsey Reinhart is the editor of About magazine. When she's not working, she's usually reading, running, knitting or spending time in the great outdoors.

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