gayla peevey, …wanting a hippopotamus for christmas is so last year.

This years Thanksgiving was another for the books. Having a ginormous extended family, I find myself blessed. Other than the whimsical charientism (which often leads to hysterical laughter), one tradition I look forward to year after year is one that recently came about among a few cousins and I.

With a family that exceeds 100 in size, you can understand that there is a dilemma when it comes organization. Tables are strewn throughout the dinning and living rooms within my grandparents home. The fine china and silver are set. And the placement of homemade breads, free range turkey, venison, and all the subsequent trimmings are at our disposal. But to throw a pepper in the gumbo, my cousins and I enter an agreement of cleptobiosis. In a sense, we hoard our favorite entrees and sides, protecting the deliciousness on our end of the table! Of course, it is all fun, since there is more than enough to go around.

But this year, amidst the Thanksgiving holiday, my mother became very inquisitive, asking me to produce a Christmas list. In an effort to meet her request, I have listed the gifts below that I desire. This list was fairly tough to sort and are in no order of importance. The difficulty is that I already have everything I need and truly most everything I want. Among the few items on my list currently, I assure you, I have no need for a hippo.

A full body ebony wood grain MacBook Pro Case

A matching ebony wood grain case for my white iPhone 4s

A vintage, handmade iPhone case for my black 4g

I have two iPhones (4/4s), a traditional iPod, and a MacBook Pro. I could still find use for a white iPad

And books that have recently been suggested to me!

Stuff Christians Like – Jonathon Acuff
Big Fish – Daniel Wallace
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Hipster Christianity – Brett McCrakcin
This Present Darkness – Frank Peretti
Operation World – Patrick Johnstone
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society – Lesslie Newbigin
Boundaries – Henry Cloud and John Townsend

I have also asked for Frogskin Oakleys, a Nike + iPod sensor, new Nike running shoes, cycling accessories, clothes, a new lens for my Cannon 7D, and a few other things. So there you have it. This certainly is not my entire list, but a few highlights at the very least. What is on your Christmas list this year?

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