Remember the lyrics to the song “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”?
Johnny wants a pair of skates.
Susie wants a sled.
Nellie wants a picturebook—yellow, blue, and red.
Now, I think I’ll leave it to you
What to give the rest
Choose for me, dear Santa Claus
You will know the best.
Well, we hear at Inkspirational Messages want to give Santa a few ideas of things writers or booklovers might love to find under the tree. The booklovers version of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” might go like this:
Johnny wants a WiFi Kindle
Susie wants a Nook
Nellie wants a first edition
Of her favorite book
As for me, dear Santa Claus,
A maid would be tops
Then I could write, write, write,
And wouldn’t have to stop.
While maid would be nice, I doubt if she/he will be under my tree. Here are ten other things that I think would be fun to have as a writer and as a reader. They are in no special order.
1. Dead Fred Pen Holder (link) This just makes me smile. And when I’m feeling particularly angsty about a story or character, I think it would help to just stab away.
2. Cutlery Pen Caps (link) As much as I eat at my desk now days, I think these would be extremely handy.
3. A Stainless Steel Stirring Mug. (link) I love my hot chocolate when I’m writing, but I always end up with a clump of chocolate in the bottom of the cup. I’m sure this would take care of that. (I HIGHLY recommend Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa. My ultimate guilty pleasure.)
4. Professional writer’s journal/magazine subscription. Whether it’s Writer’s Digest, Writer’s, or Romantic Times Reviews, there are several writers magazines would find a happy home on my coffee table.
5. Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle. Okay, so I’ve already got this one, but if I got another, I’d give it away to an aspiring writer because it’s filled with beautiful wisdom.
6. An “I Read Past My Bedtime” t-shirt (link) This seems like the story of my life, so it just seems appropriate. Actually, I need one for me and one for each of my daughters. They seem to take after their mother.
7. A massage session. Carpal tunnel, stiff necks, and creaky backs are the occupational hazards of a writer’s life. A good massage would be divine!
8. Gift cards for dining out. These would help so much on the days I get so involved in writing or editing that I don’t have supper ready. It would be fun to pull out a card and say dinner out is on me.
9. I think I need about 25 sets of these B.I.C.H.O.K. (But in chair. Hands on keyboard.) magnet sets to pass out to my writer friends. (link) They are very pretty, too. If I send you one, just remember to put it on the file cabinet, away from the computer since it’s a magnet.
10. This one may be a bit pricey, but what about a literary cruise to Bermuda? In the past, Royal Carribbean has offered a “Book it Bermuda” cruise and an “Authors at Sea” cruise to Mexico. I think I could get into either of those. What about you? And if you long for the other side of the ocean, how about “Writers, Myths, and Legends,” a literary tour offered by Novel Explorations that takes you to Northern England and Scotland to visit the lives of Beatrix Potter, the Brontes, Robert Burns, Sir Walter School and William Wordsworth? That sounds like a chapter in my life, I’d never forget!
I hope dear Santa Claus knows that I realize the true secret of Christmas is not found in this or any list. It’s fun to take a look at the possibilities out there, but I feel like I’ve been given wonderful gift already –in getting to share my imagination with readers.
I leave you all with this thought,
“Artistic success is not measured by what you get–but what you give:
whispers of truth, captured on paper, dispatched from the heart.”
Happy shopping for the writers and readers in your life!