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The other day I was watching one of my beloved cheesy holiday films in which a kid wrote Santa asking for a fresh wifey for her dad, and I thought to myself, I wish I could write a letter to Santa asking for what I want

The other day I was watching one of my beloved cheesy holiday films in which a kid wrote Santa asking for a fresh wifey for her dad, and I thought to myself, I wish I could write a letter to Santa asking for what I want

While I don't believe everything I've read about the Law of Attraction — I don't think you can't just think something and hope it will happen; you have to take positive act — I do believe there's something to be said for putting into words the things you want in your life. We often think we know what we want, but when you sit down and actually write down what you want, it can be an eye-opening practice. Your priorities are made clear; your desires are put into words. 

So, ridiculous as it sounds, I'm writing a letter to Santa for the very first time in decades. I'm sitting down and thinking about what I indeed want this year (aside from all of these material things ). I thought about writing about what I want in the year ahead, but that seemed like a big job — more New-Year's-resolution than letter-to-Santa — so instead of focusing on what I want in general, I'm focusing on what I want for the holidays. Here's what I'm asking for.

As you can see from the list, a lot of those things are within my control — patience, mindfulness, etc. — but writing them down is a fine reminder to me about how I want to act and feel during the holiday season. (And I'm sure it'll be a lovely reminder for my family members too — they can pull up this list when I embark hurrying through meals or cleaning up wrapping paper before the presents have been opened.) Writing a letter to Santa as an adult sounds ditzy, but I actually found it to be a good way to truly think about how I want to make the holidays as positive and present as possible. 

It's most likely been a long time since you wrote a letter to Santa, but why not give it a attempt? (Or, if the entire Santa thing is too stupid for you, why not write a letter to yourself or the Universe or whatever entity seems like it might be interested in hearing about your desires?) Click below to download a full-size (8.5x11in) blank letter to Santa that you can pack in with your desires.  

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, packed with all the things you ask Santa for! 

Having trouble thinking about what you indeed want to ask Santa for? You might want to detect more about yourself and what you want most by downloading a copy of the e-book Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery . Packed with inspiration, questions, and activities to get you thinking about what it means to be you, Finding Yourself is a must for learning more about who you are and about what matters most to you. Learn more about the workbook here  and purchase your very own soul-searching copy here .

The other day I was watching one of my dearest cheesy holiday films in which a kid wrote Santa asking for a fresh wifey for her dad, and I thought to myself, I wish I could write a letter to Santa asking for what I want.   A bit foolish, I know, the idea of writing to Santa, but then it struck me: I could write to Santa. Sure, I couldn't expect him to produce the goods on Christmas morning, and I couldn't rely on a Hallmark-movie ending, but it might actually do me some good to take a moment to think about what I indeed want and put it in writing.

While I don't believe everything I've read about the Law of Attraction — I don't think you can't just think something and hope it will happen; you have to take positive act — I do believe there's something to be said for putting into words the things you want in your life. We often think we know what we want, but when you sit down and actually write down what you want, it can be an eye-opening practice. Your priorities are made clear; your desires are put into words. 

Related video: the lovely bones essay on grief