If Santa was a woman, a sustainable mom, or there was a Hanukkah Fairy, under your tree (or Hanukkah bush), you might find a spending allowance for holiday gifts based on a spiritual-mathematical calculation which averaged out the proportion of how much someone really wanted an item and how much joy you’d receive by giving it to them; instead of how much was in your wallet, on your credit card limit or rolled up in Wolford stockings frozen in the back of the fridge.
Under the Hanukkah Fairy’s festive influence, airlines would offer discounts to all passengers traveling to see friends and family they have not seen in some time, or who are brave enough to admit they need to escape a few family members with a getaway far away. No judgement! And airlines would offer winter bliss non-dehydrating real juice-infused cocktails, play children’s holiday movies on the deluxe mini screens, provide upgrades for all, complimentary teddy bears for your tot to cuddle, and the stewardess would remind you regularly that you are an outstanding parent and it is truly the thought that counts.
Sister Christmas would make all work related deadlines disappear and transform all scrooge bosses into human beings whom may wear Prada, but also have a heart. She would bestow all working moms with afternoons off (paid leave), so time could be spent really uncovering the joy of the season with their tots.
Ms. Santa would eliminate the need for return policies or gift cards because every gift would be perfect. All merchants would match amount spent and give a donation to a worthy charity. Children would be filled with gratitude for any gift received and would be immune to gift comparison at the playground. Kids would ask how they could share their toys with those who do not have, instead of hoarding them or trading up. We'd give to give, not to receive.
The Holiday Goddess would insist that all shopping be organized with the help of virtual assistants, online personal shoppers and a series of thoughtful purchases made through the year instead of during the last 12 days leading of to Christmas would allow you free time to sit at your favorite cafe with your other mommy friends, with a glass of wine, some artisanal cheeses and gluten-free bread, and a few guilt-free hours to drink, chat, be merry and people-watch.
Lastly, we'd find exactly what we wished for most - a healthy family, a dream job with work/life balance, ethically-made 1000 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, patience and forgiveness, passionate soulful love with our partners, just a few hours a day alone to meditate, read or rejuvenate, creativity overflowing, the ideal size for our body, affordable organic food for the kids, your own private lavender patch right on the kitchen windowsill of your urban zen palace...
There would be peace and love throughout the land.
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