For All My Ho-Ho-Hos

A few weeks ago I got an email from a reader who said,

Sorry to be a demanding blog reader but . . . will Santa Pan return this year?

As if I could stop him!

Dear Santa Pan,

I have been a very good girl this year. 

For Christmas I would like:

an iPhone 
(since I ask for one every year),

and maybe a good job for my Holbstudent when he graduates.


(You get to ask Santa Pan for super extravagant things, it's sort of his forte.)

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If you have been good this year,
and would like to tell Santa Pan what you want for Christmas,
I'd be happy to pass along the message
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Merry Christmas!


  1. Dear Santa Pan,
    I would like that dance game I keep seeing in commercials and would probably be AWFUL at, but in my head I rock it like they do in the ads. It could be on the Wii, Xbox or Playstation, I'm not picky.
    I would also like whichever system is needed to go with the game as I don't have any of those.
    I would like for my dogs stomach rash to go away because it's really weirding me out.
    And I would like rock hard abs.
    Annnnnnd no body hair since the husband got me laser hair removal as a gift and I'm not quite sure if I should be grateful or offended?

    Thanks Santa Pan. I can't wait for you to come down my chimney. Beware though - it's dirty (so you'll come out looking like Barnaby), it caught on fire last time it was lit and there might be things living in it because a couple of weeks ago a BAT flew out and into my front room.
    Looking forward to seeing you in two days!
    - Aubrey

  2. I so want my townhouse to sell! Please Santa Pan, after spending so many years following my sweet soldier all over the world, I just want a real home with a yard for my dogs and room for my big long legged kids to stretch.

  3. Dear Santa Pan,

    First and foremost-ly, I would like to say that I have been a VERY good girl this year, and I hope that you and all your Santa Pan magic can bring me a few special surprises for Christmas.
    I would very much like to know where I am going to transfer to next year. Can you pull any strings with Stanford? How about BYU? Or Johns Hopkins?
    Although I've been fighting it for the longest time, I think I decided I reaaaaallly want a Kindle. Or a Nook. Whichever one is better, do you happen to know?
    And finally, Santa Pan, I want, more than anything, for my little brother to get a car. So that he can stop using mine. Or, maybe, I could get the new car, and he could have the old one? Yes, I think I would like a new car a whole lot. I'm thinking of a brand-new Range Rover, because they just look like the kind of car a rockstar such as myself would drive.
    Thanks a bunch Santa Pan, and a Merry Christmas to you!!! Travel safe on Christmas night as you bring lovely surprises to all the good girls and boys!

  4. Dear Santa Pan,

    I'm not sure what to ask for since Natalie said to be extravagant. We (finally) moved into our new house, and that was the only extravagant thing that I had on my wish list.

    No, I take that back. I just contacted a literary agent today about becoming a published author(!) and I would like you to help my story become a real live book. Pretty, pretty please?

    Thanks ever so much, Santa Pan. You're my favorite!

  5. Dear Santa Pan,
    I, too, would like a great job for my husband once he graduates. I would also like a set of solid gold knitting needles, just cuz I'm curious what it'd be like to knit on them. Also, maybe a new set of leather boots.
    Thanks, Santa Pan!
    P.S. I like your fur.

  6. Dear Santa Pan,
    I would love to be pregnant.
    I would also love to find a part time job that works with my crazy school schedule and still be able to watch the physically challenged little girl I watch two days a week.
    Thanks Santa Pan.

  7. Dear Santa Pan,
    I have been REALLY GOOD this year and all I want are the Zara Pointed Toe Ankle Crepe Wedge Boots!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!

  8. Dear Santa Pan,

    Thank you for sending me my hubby home from Afghanistan a few days early with your Santa Pan magic. So all I really want for Christmas is a big screen tv for him, because he truly deserves it and the new Nikon D7000 for myself. Thanks Santa Pan.


  9. I'd like a good job when I graduate in May too ... maybe the Holbs could pay it forward and hire me when he's all six-figured up & counting? =D

  10. Dear Santa Pan,
    I'd like a good job too! One where I can be a happy middle aged women...but most of all I'd like my teenage son to walk independently with his cool crutches.

    And, oh yes, I have been very, very good this

  11. Dear Santa Pan,

    I would like a boyfriend (that turns into a husband) for Christmas. And a good job that I like.

    I've been very good this year.

    P.S. I love your nose.

    P.P.S. You said to ask for super extravagant things, which I am. Thanks in advance!

  12. Oh, Santa Pan,

    I would please, oh, please like for the last 12 months to make any sense, to be in a position where I can give back, for the Washington State proposed budget to go smoothly and quickly so The Husband can move from the "To Hire List" to "Hired," for my daughter's vocal cord/airway/breathing/reflux/low tone issues to just be gone. She is a better girl than anyone I know, she could use a break.

    And if it's not too much to ask, please make Tory Burch shoes in my size (and make them affordable) and a fully stocked Kindle for me.

  13. Dear Santa Pan,
    I would like to use my wish for Nat the Fat Rat. I would doubly like her to get a iPhone because I have fallen in love with mine (even if I got it off what?). She will love it. It will even help her raise her adorable baby boy. Changing a diaper? There's an app for that.
    Need to get that spit up smell off of you? There's an app for that.
    You get the point. Thanks Santa Pan.
    Alexa Mae from Mesa, Arizona. aka The valley that feels like freakin summer right now.

  14. dearest santa pan,

    all i want for Christmas is you. :) (and a good possibly great ACT score for my daughter).

    love u!

  15. Dear Santa Pan,

    As I am sure you are aware, the weather in London has been none so good lately. And these "snowstorms" have put my man into a pickle, in that they cancelled his flight on Monday. So he's flying to me Christmas Day because that's all the miracle I get this year. What I ask, O Santa Pan, is that you make sure his flights that day are safe and sound and maybe a little early. (That's Heathrow to JFK, and JFK to Columbus OH.)

    Thank you,
    another Natalie

    P.S. If you have extra time, I would like a lululemon sports bra and a some sparkly silver earrings.

  16. Dearest Santa Pan,

    Since I get to be extravagent, here is my request. I would like a squishy baby, but without any of that morning sickness, significant weight gain and stretch mark mess. But I would like to keep the larger boobs. (Is it OK to ask Santa Pan for boobs?? I think I'm having a moral dilemma here.)

    Oh, and if you wouldn't mind, the ability to dance like Ginger Rodgers would be greatly appreciated.

    Kiss, kiss!

  17. Dear Santa Pan,

    I have been a really good girl this year. Truly! And there really is nothing that I need. But there is something that I want.

    Please send my husband to me. I know he is out there somewhere, and I have been waiting ever so long to meet him. I have tried to be patient, even though it is very difficult to do. But all I really want this year is someone to share my life with. I want to be a wife. I know it's asking a lot, but I also know of your Pan magic and the wonders it brings. (Good job on Huck, by the way. He's a beaut!) So if you have any magic left after that miracle, could I have a miracle of my own?

    Or you could bring me a fabulous new pair of shoes. That'd be OK. But the husband would be way better. I'm just sayin'.

  18. Dearest Santa Pan,

    Last year, I wished to get into the right grad school for me. According to the wisdom of Santa Pan, that turned out to be NONE of them. It's okay, I'm not mad, I trust the wisdom that lies underneath that hat of yours.

    So, this year I would like my husband to get a full time coaching position so that we could afford for me to be a stay at home mother. To follow, I would like one happy and healthy pregnancy producing one happy and gurgly baby.

    I would also like a new car that will hold my dogs and a car seat, and will get more than my current 17 miles/gallon.

    Thanks Santa Pan! I'll keep a treat for you under the tree this year. xx

  19. Dear Santa Pan,

    I have been pretty good this year (post-pregnancy horomones don't count right?) and if you have any power over 8 month old mouths I would wish my daughter's tooth to come all the way in so she would stop hating life at 3 am :) also if you are feeling extra generous my husband needs a job

    Thank you Santa Pan!

  20. Dear Santa-Pan,

    This year has been an incredibly hard, soul searching year. I was dating, then engaged, now we're well who knows what the heck we are. But then I hated my job, applied for hundreds, interviewed for a few and after 2 years of searching have landed a new one and yay. Then there was my mother's surgery, my grandmother's surgery, my cousin's wonderful wedding, my friends are all married and pregnant or trying to get there, and the boywhateverheis mother's full blown near fatal stroke.

    As you can see, there have been lots of emotional ups and downs. It's been one heck of a year. So, Santa-Pan, for Christmas, I'd like to have just one thing - a calmness in my soul that the right path for me is laid and I'm on it. And that all those things I yearn for - the husband, the cute little home, the kids and the holidays that bustle with so many kids and a house filed with family - will come to me soon. Because, I've had a heck of a year and I really need something great.

    Oh, and please let someone rent my house and let me find a place to live before the 4th of January. Eeeeep! And, please help all those who are in real need (jobs, health, money, etc.) because at the end of the day I count my blessings and know that while I don't have what I want, I have what I need.

    Merry Christmas! And thanks :-)

  21. Dear Santa Pan,
    I have been an extra good girl this year, wouldn't you mind granting me all of my Christmas wishes pretty please?
    I would like for my first day at my brand new job to go amazing. I would like for everyone to adore me and give me a raise in the first week.
    I would also like to find a very adorable apartment for super cheap. It would be very helpful if it was within walking distance to the train station as well.
    And last but not least, if you could please make this coming year full of happiness and lots of money so I don't have to stress out as much as this past year, that would be fabulous.
    Thanks so much Santa Pan! Merry Christmas

  22. Dearest Santa Pan.

    A baby. That's all. To be pregnant. And I know you held out on the magic from Nat for YEARS so please let me not have to wait that long. Although I know it was supremely worth it.

    All my love,

  23. I would like to ask Santa Pan to tell me what the best, coolest, kinda SECRET, thing in New York City is. For a touristy type person, since I will be there for the first time ever in approximately a week. And it needs to be in Manhattan. Can Santa Pan pretty please give me a hint? I'll give him a Scooby Snack.

  24. Joelline (that's a pretty name!):

    Santa Pan

  25. Dear Santa Pan, I have been more than good this year... can I please have a remington straightener? My hair is an afro and I desperately need it tamed. Thank you, oh wonderful Santa Pan!

  26. Dearest Santa Pan,

    I've been a good girl, wife, and mommy this year. (What!? I've tried my hardest!)

    My wishes of wishes are:
    ~not to die training for my 8k race
    ~become a part-time SAHM
    ~ditto on Nat's good job one
    ~another healthy (no miscarriages!) pregnancy
    ~no more dips in the economy {say it with me: Recovery}

    I will be SO so good in 2011 if you just check off this list for me, good sir.

    P.S. I believe!


  27. DEAR, Dear Santa Pan,
    Thank you for returning another year!
    As for my extravagent wishes:
    -I'd please like a promotion. I love the super cool agency I work for and would like to keep working and growing there
    -My hubby has worked hard too and a promotion would be great for him as well
    -A sweet 4-legged pal to be best buds with our little pup Soca
    -Oh, and perhaps spending Christmas in the tropics next year.
    Thank you Santa Pan and Merry Christmas!

  28. Dearest Santa Pan,

    I have been REALLY good this year. Promise.

    As for my wishes:
    -a sparkly ring (if you could go ahead and drop that by boyfriend's place...)
    -a new car that gets more than 15 mpg
    -grades next semester that were as great as mine were this semester
    -and finally Santa Pan, a big, fat gift card to Anthropologie.

    Merry Christmas, Santa Pan (and Nat) (and Huck) (and the Holbs)!


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