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The Gift of Giving - to Ourselves
by Evangelina Vela

As caregivers when we think of gifts at the holidays, we probably think of the obvious: a cure or treatment or healing for our loved ones. But, let's get selfish for just a minute and fantasize about what we want for ourselves. It's all in fun - for the holidays!

If you have trouble coming up with ideas for your fantasy gifts, try some of these. From the ridiculous to the sublime: The Twelve Holiday Gifts sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Feel free to substitute your own longings!

For my first holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
A full day at my local spa!

For my second holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my third holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my fourth holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my fifth holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my sixth holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Six figure paychecks,
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my seventh holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Seven chefs a-cooking,
Six figure paychecks,
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my eighth holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Eight maids a-cleaning,
Seven chefs a-cooking,
Six figure paychecks,
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my ninth holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Nine months of yard work,
Eight maids a-cleaning,
Seven chefs a-cooking,
Six figure paychecks,
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my tenth holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Ten days vacation,
Nine months of yard work,
Eight maids a-cleaning,
Seven chefs a-cooking,
Six figure paychecks,
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my eleventh holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Eleven hair appointments,
Ten days vacation,
Nine months of yard work,
Eight maids a-cleaning,
Seven chefs a-cooking,
Six figure paychecks,
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

For my twelfth holiday gift
I wish that I could have:
Twelve full massages,
Eleven hair appointments,
Ten days vacation,
Nine months of yard work,
Eight maids a-cleaning,
Seven chefs a-cooking,
Six figure paychecks,
Five hours of sleep!
Four calls from friends,
Three neck rubs,
Two gourmet meals,
And a full day at my local spa!

 
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