I've always loved creating my Christmas list. I enjoyed it way more than writing a letter to Santa. (and way way more than writing thank you cards!)
Come on, it's a LIST!
And it's getting stuff!
I remember sitting down with the Sears catalog to pick out toys. You see my Parents
hated loved me enough to limit my television watching to 1 hour per day. You can only imagine that I didn't get to see too many toy commercials. Now, we often got bit more times around the holidays, you know for some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special and all the Christmas specials.
As you might imagine, my biggest problem growing up wasn't WHAT to put on the list, but how to order it...yeah I was that kid. My initial thought was ordering by my
desire need for the gift in question. The stuff at the top was the most important critical to my very happiness survival.
I came to realize as I grew up that my parents were hell bent on getting me
crappy stuff clothes and other crappy stuff books, so I realized that it would be better to control what I was getting rather than having it dictated to me. In my desire to do this, my sense of Santa's precious list and it's order was thrown for a loop.
Today's list is the best representation of all my old and new styles. It looks something like this:
SCOTT'S Christmas & Birthday List
Toys (note Toys are ALWAYS first on the list)
Cool Techie thingamabob $60 http://www.thinkgeek.com/cooltechiethingamabob.html (note the price and URL...and the top placement on the list)
Jeans Levi's 550 34x32 (don't judge me by my svelt figure, but note I am specific on make and model)
Work Shirts (not as specific)
Sweaters (3rd on the list and not specific, there is a madness to the method)
Gift Card for Amazon (I put Amazon first because I can get lots of stuff there, but mostly books)
Gift Card for Barnes & Noble
Now, in case you are wondering, the list above is mostly fictitious (didn't stop you from clicking the link to thinkgeek (because you are a discerning shopper (and blog lover (and lover of parentheses)))) but you get my point. I value format and placement, because asterisks would be over-the-top, not to mention throw off the Feng Shui of the list. Extra bolding within the list is also overkill and it makes the list hard to follow.
Here's hoping your list brings the Red Rider BB Gun and that you don't shoot your eye out. And please don't fall for this: