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My name is Vicki and I live in Turlock, CA. This is really a splurge, but I would like the 90th anniversary Kitchenaid Candy Apple Red mixer. I already have a 36 yr. old Kitchenaid that is going strong so I don't really need a new one.

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I'm Ann & I live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I would like a signed copy of Michael Forsberg's new book Great Plains.


Springfield, Virginia
I would like a 1972 Black Corvette (the same thing I've been asking Santa to bring me for about 20 years now)


Hi, my name is Wendy Liu & I live in northern IL. I love your blog! I would like to receive a gift of weekly massages for a year (but I would settle for monthly massages). :)

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

Holly Smith
Monument, CO
I'd be so happy to see my friend, Joanne!!

But as for indulgent? I'd like a brand new sewing machine with fabric and books on how to do stuff, since I'm not very wise to it, yet.

Barbara Motyka

My name is Barb and I live in Fulton, NY. For Chrismas, I would love to get a gift certificate to the book store, so I could go in and just buy any book I wanted without looking at the price.

Angie Platten

I'm Angie living in Phoenix and gosh, what I would like for Christmas... to know how my bills were getting paid? Ok, maybe that doesn't count. I'd LOVE to have beautiful bedding to make my bedroom pretty for the first time EVER in my adult life. It's true. I'll be 45 years old in 2 weeks and have never had pretty bedding or anything pretty in my bedroom my entire adult life. How pathetic and sad is that?


Trish Anderson, central Arkansas ~ my "out-of-this-world, crazy, indulgent, if you could have anything, anything you wanted, what would it be?" Christmas wish would be that my hubby would find a super-dee-duper job in Colorado, Wyoming or Montana so we could move back up to the northwest. Oh, and I'd really like my friend Joanne to be there, too. ;)


I am Lorina... I live in the South Asian Delta... and I would like a trip to the States to visit my family for Christmas... or I would settle for three books... The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of a Praying Parent, and Caps for Sale... or if I had to have just one present, I would maybe have a massage.... but maybe I could go to Thailand to get it. :)


Trip to PEI, please!


Melissa writing in from Lansdale, PA... love your blog... and the only crazy thing on my wish list is a bathroom makeover.


Highlands Ranch CO
A spa weekend with two of my closest friends including spa treatments, quiet time, and spa food with unlimited hot tea, warmed up blankets and a pile of movies to watch at the end of each day. Yep, that's what I'd want. (Oh, and a housekeeper that has a habit of putting something in the oven or crockpot as soon as she gets to the house and every week a new drawer or closet is cleaned out and organized. (Sorry that's two things but hey I can dream)

Lindy name is Lindy i live in florida. I would like a GODLY husband... who can cook, is a handyman, loves animals and nature. Good sense of humor. Likes to travel. Will love me unconditionally! oh wait, what am i saying? i have him... JESUS :) now if i could just have him in an earthly form that would be a great christmas present.

Mindy May

My name is Mindy and I live in Chicago, IL. If I could ask for one thing for Christmas it would have to be a vacation with myself and my son. Maybe Disney World. With the hustle and bustle of us both being in school (college and first grade) we haven't been connecting and I feel like we are battling all the time. We both need attitude adjustments. And a little getaway would be perfect.


My name is Sharon. I live in Colorado Springs and happened upon your webpage months ago when I was on your sister's blog. We used to go to the same church and be in a bible study together. For Christmas I would love to have made up my mind on whether or not I am going to continue working after my baby girl arrives in February.

Megan Kretizberg

My name is Megan, I live in Broomfield, CO. I would LOVE new flooring for my entire house for Christmas or a trip to Hawaii just my husband and me!!

Anna G

My name is Anna and I live in north-east Texas. If I was going to ask for something outrageous for Christmas it would be a trip to Las Vegas to see Cher in concert. I have been a closet fan since I used to watch re-runs of the Sonny and Cher show as a child.


Hi!! My name is Kellye and I live in South Louisiana!! If I could totally splurge and Santa would bring me anything for Christmas, I think I would have to have Candice Olson come and decorate my entire house...IM BRUTAL!! That would include my wanna be craft room upstairs that just holds all of the junk that Im too lazy to put in the attic!!


I'm Jenn Polson... in Westminster, CO. I would love a pair of brown leather, high-heeled boots. I can never bring myself to spend the money on them and my husband refers to them as "hooker boots", so I'm going to keep dreaming... :)


Hi! I'm Rachel. I am from Westerville, Ohio. It is just north of Columbus. I'm probably one of your younger readers since I am only 20. This year for Christmas I will be waiting around to see if I was accepted into nursing school, although my own personal cobbler would be nice.

Gina Garland

My name is Gina Garland and I live in Garden Grove, CA. I'm a friend of Rachel husband is the Associate Pastor at ShoreLife Church in H.B. where Rachel's uncle is the Senior Pastor. :)

For Christmas, well, anything on my Amazon wish list! But mostly, I just want a lemon tree...yep, a lemon many uses for lemons and they're usually way too expensive for the amount of them I want to use.


Hi, it's Bobbi from Indianapolis Indiana...and I'd wish indulgently for a bernina sewing machine with all the bells and whistles or a MacBook Pro laptop! Smiles and love!


Hi! I'm Taylor from Richardson, Texas. I've read your blog for a while, but I can't remember if I've ever commented before or not. This year for Christmas, I would like a Cannon Powershot camera that's pink. I want to camera to take pics of my little son & pink is my favorite color.

Carol J. Alexander

Hi, My name is Carol and I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. For Christmas, although I really don't like this game, I could dream of getting the money to visit Ben. He is a boy we sponsor through Compassion and he lives in Uganda.


My name is Elizabeth and I live in Somerville, Alabama. While Barb's wish for a gift certificate to the book store sounds great and actually my son did get me one last year to Books a Million, I have thought long and hard about your question and I can think of nothing in the gift department; I have everything I want and need already. However, "along the lines of an out-of-this-world...if you could have anything, anything you wanted," it would be that my 21 year old nephew who is paralyzed from his shoulders down could be healed or at least be able to receive the therapy that he needs to possibly get the use of his hands and arms back. In the 2 years since his accident, life has been very difficult for him as well as my sister (his mom) and I, who take care of him and see everything he goes through each day. I do believe in God and I am constantly praying for my nephew. Would all of you please pray for him (Skylar) as well.


Lisa notes...

I'm Lisa from the Huntsville, Alabama, area. The luxury item I always crave is more TIME. So I can read and scrapbook and tons of other projects that I don't get around to.

But for a tangible gift, I'd love to have more bookshelves to house more books.

Helen at A Work of Heart

Hi I am Helen from Portland, Oregon.
Well, since you said to be extravagant...I would love a Kindle...but there is a part of me that wonders if I would miss the feel of holding a book in my hand and manually turning the pages...if that is the case than a hefty gift card for books! OH JOY!


Hannah from Minnesota

I would love love love to take a trip with my husband! Maybe a cruise where we can just lay out in the sun all day. :)

Grace Lewis

Grace from South Carolina

I would LOVE to be able to have a huge, lavish wedding at a plantation estate next Fall. I want the love of my life and me to share our special day with all our friends and family and for it to be completely beautiful!


Hi! I'm Ashley and I currently live in Germany as an Army wife. For Christmas, all I want is for my little family to be all together under one roof and to maybe do a little more traveling since we've only been overseas for a few months now.

Carolyn Leslie
San Diego, CA

I would love a to have free airline tickets, anywhere, anytime for my family and me to go visit relatives and far off exotic places. So fun to have that freedom to go! But, I will hope for a pair of UGG boots!


Hi my name is Rene and I am from Texas. I would love to have a puppy for Christmas...I have 1 fantastic dog already, but would love to have another...but my hubby said no :(


Hi, my name is Thena and I'm from Georgia. Have always lived here but a couple of years ago we moved more out into the country about an hour west of Savannah.
One thing I would want, that's a hard one. For my entire extended family to spend Christmas weekend together. A material item, would be my dream car, a black convertible BMW.


Hi my name is Jan and I live in Central Illinois. Since this can be an indulgant wish I would like one of the new three stone diamond marriage symbol pendants. That is just a wish which will not happen though. In reality I will be happy if my family members are healthy and happy this Christmas.


Your name: Kate
Where you live: Dallas (area), Texas
One thing you'd really like for Christmas: A netbook!


Dyan from Grand Rapids, MI... One thing that I'd really like for Christmas is more time. More time for family, more time for sewing, more time for researching extras for homeschooling, more time for reading all the books I have started but always put aside for the next one... whew. And more time for naps ;)

caroline perez

Caroline from Florence, South Carolina!
Yes, Christmas is almost here!
And for Christmas, I really want to get my passport to be ready for mission trip overseas next year!
And I would love some quiet days at home with family during the holidays!


I'm Michelle from Vacaville, California.

I would like my own laptop for school (I'm returning after the first of the year to finish my degree and become a teacher) and cool photo editing software to go along with it! Since we're being indulgent and all...

And a BIG thank you...I received a copy of "Misplacing God" in the mail yesterday! I had forgotten you were looking into having a copy sent to me so it was such a surprise! I love fun mail! I'll be sure to give it a plug on my blog as well as a review...thank you again. xoxo


Hi, my name is Kim. I live in Thatcher,AZ. I would love a newly remodeled kitchen with granite counters and new appliances, a front porch to die for, a fully landscape yard with trees and flowers that are not dessert landscape. Could not narrow it down to just one, sorry.


Crawfordsville, IN

I really want a ukulele! Really!


HI, this is Kim from the Grand Rapids, MI area. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years, so this isn't the first time that I have commented. Let me see, what do I want for Christmas....a Canon Rebel camera!

Lisa B.

Lisa from Maine.
I'd absolutely love a digital SLR camera. :-)


Stephanie from middle Tennessee ... oh my, what do I want for Christmas? I'd be happy with big (huge!) gift certificate to! Then I could buy lots and lots of books! Or a new purse would be fun - Vera Bradley has a beautiful brown purse now that I would thoroughly enjoy. :) How's that for extravagant!


My name is Julie and I live in Ringold, OK....otherwise known as nowhere, USA, seriously!

Anyway, I LOVE your blog and I read it all of the time, I am just a little antisocial, so I don't comment. Sorry about that. :)

What I want for Christmas...well, that's a doozy but you asked for it, so here goes:

1. a happy Christmas for my family with all of our bills paid and enough to give my kids a good Christmas.

2. new countertops in my kitchen since right now(for 4 years) we have had painted concrete board.(seriously)

3. new flooring since mine is currently ripping up in places and looks like a volcano threw up.

4. a new sewing machine and LOTS of sewing books and material (to make me & my kids lots of clothes and new curtains and.......) I REALLY want to learn how to sew!!

there's more but I'll spare you the rest!!



Hi, I'm Leah from San Jose, Costa Rica. I've been reading your blog for maybe about a year now. Love it! I've also been reading the blog you write with Toben and have really learned a lot from that. Blessings to your family! I already got my Christmas wish - a trip home (to the U.S. ) with my husband and girls to spend Christmas with my parents and siblings.

Amy Jo

Amy Jo from Champaign, IL here. Somewhat new to following blogs. How do you find time to keep up with everything you do AND find time to keep us all posted? You inspire me. :)

My husband and I started the process of adopting a daughter from China about 4 years ago and are still waiting. The best gift I hope for is receiving a call that we've been matched up with a daughter!


I'm Rebecca, from central Florida and I'm a transplant. What I want for Christmas is a trip "home" to see my family (they are in Kansas and Colorado). I'm missing my family lately... and cooler weather!

Erika Hunt

Hi. I am Erika from southwest Nebraska. Go Huskers! Since we farm, I would love to have a paid vacation somewhere far away . . .hmmm . . maybe England or the East coast, I'd settle for Hawaii or some tropical island too . . .of course with my hubby and 2 kids for 2 weeks. No farming . . .no chores.


Shanna from Colorado

I would like the full skin care line by Premier (Dead Sea Premier products). I tried them at a mall kiosk yesterday and am sure they'll make me look years younger.

Also want to let Elizabeth know I'm praying for her, her sister, and nephew Skylar.


Hi Joanne! Tiffany from Denver.

I would love a master bedroom re-do. A bed frame, luxurious bedding, furniture and some fun art!

Farm Fresh Jessica

What a fun idea! Sounds like I have a lot in common w/ many of your readers-which is probably why we are all your readers, right?

I'm Jessica from Iowa--near the Mississippi.
My dream big present is an interior decorator, and a whole house makeover. My real present would be a laptop and wireless internet.


Hi from Karen in good ol'PA!
I'd love a week away with my husband-just the 2 of us- in some indulgent mountain retreat!

Bobbie Jo

I know I have posted a time or two. :)
Anywho, I am Bobbie Jo-currently living in West Texas thanks to the Navy! :)
For Christmas I would like a screen door-tupperware-and my pampered chef stones replaced. :)


Dawn from Fort Worth....hmmmmm...for Christmas....various accessories/paint to spruce up my nest before surprise baby #4 arrives around Easter. BTW....I was watching the movie, "August Rush," the other night and Kerri Russell is your twin:) Love, love, love your blog!!!

Beth Whitney

Hey-great idea!
Beth from Carmichael, Ca (Sacramento area). I would actually love to get away for Christmas!


I am Brian and I live in Greenfield, Indiana
and I want a lap top computer, with fast, internet access.

Kate Kaiser

My name is Kate and I live in a cute little town in western Iowa. My Christmas wish would be for a great big house with a porch that wraps all the way around, lots of big bedrooms for my husband and I to fill with lots of beautiful children, and a barn out back that I can turn into my studio for jewelry making, painting, sculpting, and whatever other creating I can manage!


Ally from Parker, CO I would love a really beautiful Louis Vuitton handbag - just to say I have one.


I'm Jeanette from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. And I'd like a mountain bike or an Apple laptop, please!

Kimberlie Feth

I'm Kim Feth and I live in Apex, NC (right outside of Raleigh).

For Christmas, I would like one more day with my Mom, who died in July. But, since I have to wait until Heaven for that, I'd like a gift certificate to LifeWay bookstore, a cannister of organic hot chocolate mix and marshmallows, a girly mug, and a cozy big pillow. Then, I would enjoy all of those gifts at the same time as I curled up and read!!!


Gracious Jo. This is crazy! Well hi. My name is Kristen and I'm from Rye, NY.

I would really like to be snowed-in in Denver for Christmas.


My name is Beka & I'm from Monument,CO
For Christmas I'd like a TeaPosy (a teapot that you put a blossom into and as it opens up it steeps the tea). I feel feminine and special when I drink that at our local tea house.
A massage would be nice too!

Chasity Ivy

Hi, I'm Chasity
From: Houma, Louisiana

My indulgent gift would not actually be for me. I would choose a brand new metallic navy blue Corvette with a tan top and tan leather interior, for the love of my life. I have this dream with one day being able to surprise him on a special occasion with it, all tied up in a huge red ribbon. He blesses me with gifts all the time. To give him this would be awesome!!


Hi Joanne,
Christina from Longmont. I just finished Misplacing God and it really blessed me! I have been having a quiet time regularly now. Thank you for writing it. I really enjoy your blog- I lived in Phoenix for a while so I like hearing about your adventures there. Be sure to go have a roasted corn pizza at La Grande Orange restaurant at 4410 N. 40th Street. (Or you can go for breakfast and get a Spanish Latte and a piece of their brioche fruit toast. All amazing!) I would love a Nikon d700 camera for Christmas as I love photography and I am outgrowing my current camera.


Hi Joanne.

Donna from Peninsula, OH. I love your blog I found it after reading your Living Simply book. Thanks for all the inspiration. My Christmas wish....a laptop and well maybe an office/study remodel. We just moved and other than the boxes and bookcases I just don't know how to configure this room.


My name is Lesley, Rocky Mount, NC. I have serious Iphone envy :)

Hope Kelly

Hi there!

How I love your blog!

My name is Hope...Northern NY, and I would LOVE a pair of Uggs...after all, the winters are quite cold here in NY!


Portland, OR
I would love baseboards for our downstairs, a kitchen cabinet facelift and for indulgences....regular massages, haircuts and pedicures for a year. :) Or maybe a tropical vacation. Hmm, sometimes it's just fun to think about this stuff in a good space. Not woe-is-me, but oh, how fun.


Wendi from San Diego, CA

I met you thru your fun sis Kristen, at Marcy H's baby shower :)

I'd love to get an SLR camera for Christmas, but I'm not holding my breath. Ha!


Sharon from North Carolina

My dream gift would be to wake up Christmas morning 100 pounds lighter and it stay off without the effort that it is taking me to loose it.


Hello! My name is Tina and I'm not sure if I've ever commented or not, but I really enjoy your blog! I am currently in Missouri for this year, but then will continue our mission work in the Philippines. If I could have anything for Christmas it would be cash in hand to purchase a vehicle and home for when we return to the PI. Thanks for sharing your life with the "world"...and an early ?Merry Christmas" to you!!!


Hi, Tammy from Indiana! I guess if I could ask for anything for Christmas, I would ask for a wide angle telephoto lens for my camera.


i'm rachel and i live in east texas. i found your blog when i went to a book study class on your book, living simply. i comment sometimes and you've emailed me before. i don't need anything, i wish my sister would be here for Christmas, but she will be here a few days before! i would definitely like a sewing machine...haven't sewn anything since i took an apparel class in high school!


Tara from Crestview, wait, I JUST moved to Lake Eufaula, Alabama while we are buying a house in nearby Dothan.

I've been being so much more frugal these days and it has caused a huge change in me. I have to say it makes it very hard to think of frivolous things for myself. So, I guess that's a good thing.

But since we are in the process of buying a house on a budget that will not allow much money to replace floors and what-not, I would have to say I would love a gift card to Lowe's to buy things for the house.


Hi Joanne- I'm Dawn from Colorado. shout out to all those CO commenters!! I am relatively new to your blog, and a fairly new blogger myself. Christmas--I think I might wish for a trip to Washington DC and to New York City with my family. My daughter is a city girl and these are two cities I'd love to show her...when we are done city-ing, i'd love to relax with them on a Disney Cruise. I think it's a realistic wish... :)


Hello! I from Canada and would love a new camera for Christmas!

Laura :)


Hi Joanne, I'm Kristy, in New Orleans, LA.
What would I want for Christmas? Why is this so hard? It's because I only think of the kids!! Okay, I would like some cozy, fuzzy, warm slip on booties/slippers. My feet are like ice in the winter - and I know I will need some!

Susan Wahlers

Hi Joanne! Susan from Gilbert, Arizona

I would love to have my own ART room. I want an old table that I can paint or sculpt or make any type of mess on. I also want stuff, eclectic, that I can rifle through to make a collage on a whim. Things like buttons, baubles, old maps, pretty papers......oh what is the name for "stuff"......epherma? (something like that). Oh, yes!!!! and the big block wooden letters on the "turquoise" colored walls that spell out ARTSY FARTSY. Love, love, love this. You know as I write this....I believe this is possible....maybe not a whole room- but definitely a lil' ol' spot in the house somewhere.........


Monica from Lakewood, CO.

I would love to just get away with my husband and do something fun. We only get out together once or twice a year and it is always just enough time to grab dinner. I'd love to do one of those mystery dinners with him or go see Brian Regan, our favorite comedian. Of course, a more indulgent wish would be a cruise of some sort.


Hey Joanne! Can't wait until you're back in the snowy north!

What do I want for Christmas? A new puppy... specifically, a Bernese/Pyr mix that would help put a spring back in my old dog's step (she just had surgery today, poor thing). It's not going to happen any time soon, unfortunately. :(

Nikki (Centennial, CO)


Hey Joanne! I've been thinking of doing something like this on my blog--wanting to see if more than my mom and mother in law read! :) I'm also in Phx metro area and for Christmas I would like a family vacation to Disneyland. I think my girls are at a good age for it and I can't wait to take them.


This is Rachel from Colorado Springs. I love your blog, Joanne!

For over-the-top ideas for a Christmas gift this year, I'd love a trip to Scotland with my husband, a bedroom set (after 10 years of marriage we still don't have bedroom furniture besides the mattress set), hardwood flooring on our main level or a Bernina. Plenty of options, though they are just little dreams and certainly not needs.


Melanie, from Sydney, Australia.
I would love to take my workaholic husband away on holidays for a week as it would be nice to spend some time as a family.


I'm Mary from VA. Last year my son made it home from Iraq on Christmas Eve. It doesn't get any better than that so I'll just be happy to have them all home again.

Karen Mogard

Karen from Minnesota . . . (Shanna's sis) I would love to be able to treat our kids to an awesome vacation -- like Disneyworld!

Marla Taviano

Marla from Ohio.

A trip to Australia for me, my hubby, and our 3 girls.

Love you, friend!


Hi, my name is Jackie and I am from Houston, TX. I have been reading your blog for about 3 months now and I really enjoy it. If I could have anything for Christmas it would be a tie (either one would make me insanely happy) 1. A complete bedroom makeover (new furniture, bedding etc) or 2. A day of beauty that I can enjoy by myself(massage, hair, facial, manicure etc.) I am a single mom of 4 so I don't get time alone ever. God bless you

Cindy Cruse

My name is Cindy from Nineveh, Indiana.

I would love a new convertible Turbo, stick shift VW Bug, black, red or blue. I can always dream!!

Kathleen  Jaeger

Hello I am Kathleen from Nashville, TN
Been reading your blog since Jan.

I would like a digital SLR camera, an acoustic guitar,and a working bicycle. All of them at once would be particularly indulgent and of course plenty of time to sing, scrapbook & bike!


Christy from Central Nebraska. I would LOVE an automatic garage door opener!


Meredith New jersey, I am not new to your blog I have just been off line, I would love a Harley, since that dream will be coming soon!! I would say a cleaning women.


Hi. My name is Jean, and I live in the mid-Michigan area. Gee, what would I like for Christmas? I'd like a new TV to put into my newly renovated craft room ... so I can watch old movies while I'm scrapbooking.

Enjoy your day .. i enjoy reading your blog.


Hello! It's Jamie here from San Antonio! There are a few extravagant things that I'd love for Christmas. We could REALLY use a new foundation for our house, cracked walls replaced, a new roof and new windows. Maybe just ask Ty to come and give us an Extreme Home MakeOver.

I'd also love a new sewing machine that works better than my current one. And maybe a few bells and whistles for my camera and my photography clients. Just extravagant wishes. Thanks for asking us to dream!!!


I'm Andrea from Calgary Alberta Canada. For Christmas, I would like a trip to Hawaii with my husband and son. An all-inclusive resort, with hot tub in the room and excellent child care. And a year of my own personal daily hairstylist. Since you asked! :o)


I'm Ashley from Warsaw, IN. I'd love a keyboard for Christmas.


Hi,my name is Nikki, I come from London,England.I would really love my own laptop!


Hi! My name is Amy. I live in Alexander City, Alabama. thing I'd like for Christmas. There is a camera lens I'd like. :)


Hi! My name is Amanda and I'm in Seattle. I think I'd love the money for a letterpress class. I'm quickly becoming a burned out social worker and I need to invest in my creativity... but the money just isn't there for a $500 class. :(


Hi!! My name is Heather and I am from Ontario Canada (not to far from Toronto).
I would be delighted Christmas morning to wake up to a charm bracelet that would be filled with little reminders of the best things in my friends and family.


Hi! Sara in Fort Collins, CO. I'd normally have a lot of wonderful, expensive, frivolous things on my Christmas wish list, but this year, I'd just really like to not lose my job. I may lose it around Christmas. Time will tell. I just keep praying (and worrying and crying) up a storm. It'd be a bonus if my husband could get a better job, too, as we could use some more $$ - I'm 16 weeks pregnant!

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