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anne mikolay 2018Ever wonder how “the other half lives” and what’s on their Christmas lists? Let’s consult the queen bee of the “other half,” Oprah Winfrey, and find out. Oprah’s list of “Favorite Things” for 2019 was released in November. Let’s review.

First on the list is “Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice” by the illustrious Michelle Obama. Though this is a best seller, I’ll pass. The next item on Oprah’s list is Truff, hot sauce with white truffle (no thank you) followed by a thickened down jacket by Orolay (again, no thanks. I don’t need an bulky jacket). Oprah further suggests, among other expensive items, bath salts (I’ll pass), extra wide drinking straws (why?), the perfect black pant by Spanx (which, at $110, is not that perfect), a stretch knit bamboo pajama set by Cozy Earth (for a not so warm and fuzzy $135), and a Smart Dog Collar with GPS location tracker and activity monitor available on Amazon for $92.00 (the sole item on Oprah’s list that is not self-indulgent extravagance). While there are people who rely on Oprah to direct their Christmas shopping, I’m definitely not one of them. My Christmas list is a cross between that of a “Toys-R-Us” kid and David Foster’s popular song, “My Grown-up Christmas List”.

The kid in me would love Santa to bring me doll house furnishings/decor, crafting supplies, toys and sweaters for my tiny dogs, books with beautiful illustrations, and goodies to satisfy my sweet tooth. The grown-up in me would very much like health and happiness for my family and friends, a cure for cancer, Alzheimers, and migraine disease, relief for those who suffer daily physical or emotional pain, a home/security for all animals, a solution to the climate change crisis, unification of our nation, respect and truth restored to the government, and peace in the world. To quote David Foster’s lyrics, I want “No more lives torn apart, that wars will never start, and time will heal our hearts. Every man would have a friend, That right will always win, and love will never end. This is my grown-up Christmas list.” 

Merry Christmas, everyone. May your heart be healed this season and filled with peace.