Mudcat Café message #3021761 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #133256   Message #3021761
Posted By: ClaireBear
02-Nov-10 - 01:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: Secret Santa pres wishlist/hint (updated 2012)
Subject: RE: BS: 2010 Secret Santa pressie wishlist/hints
Dear Santa,

In these difficult times, I hope all continues to be well with you and your dear family -- and of course those excellent reindeer and always-mischievous elves.

My preference information hasn't changed much since last year, but I would like to make it even plainer than last year that I don't want or expect you to lay out much-needed gelt for bought gifts or items that cost much to ship.

Instead, I would be perfectly happy to have music you've written, chosen, or recorded, a poem you like, a recipe you recommend, a spice you like to use, a craft you've made, a holiday tradition you would like to pass on, or a story you treasure. Or, as below, a rock or a leaf or a twig (see no. 13) from someplace you love, preferably with a bit of background information so I can go there myself -- at least in spirit.

ClaireBear's Secret Santa Hints List

1. What is your age range? 56 - 56

2. Gender? She-bear

3. Do you have a favorite color? Yes.......

.......Oh, which one? It's green (the yellower greens, especially). I am also fond of the redder oranges, wines, and warm browns. Black is good, too... I am not a fan of blue or purple.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? I read extensively. I like fiction -- whether it's serious, or a good mystery, an intriguing sci-fi (preferably not war-oriented), or a peculiar fantasy. My favorite authors have included Hope Mirrlees, Jane Austen, Wendell Berry (poetry), Charles de Lint (but Newford is getting tiresome), Elizabeth George, JRR Tolkien, Tony Hillerman, and Greg Bear. But there are so many others! Antiquated songbooks (of almost any type) and tomes of old poetry from the second-hand shop are an especial favorite. Oh, and cookbooks! Especially odd and/or ethnic ones.

5. What books have you really been wanting? Surprise me! Nothing in particular.

6. What type of music do you like? Again I am fairly broad minded, as long as it's nothing that would be played on a pop radio station. I like English traditional songs and tunes; English and French folk-rock from the '60s; French Canadian, Breton, African and Scandinavian music; cowboy songs; sea chanties; early and baroque period orchestral works; flamenco...get the idea?

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Anything regional that doesn't have a wide distribution, especially if it's good source material or a brilliant rendition. Any sea music. Anything by Malicorne or anyone like them. Also, anything you or any Mudcatters you know have recorded.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) Nothing in particular, other than Rupert (Bear) cartoon episodes. DVDs must be designed for use in the U.S., though, which lets out most of those...

9. What is your t-shirt size? Sorry, I never wear them (but if I did I would be a very short XXL, like any bear). Sweatshirts and strange socks are always in good taste, though.

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Dust, folklore, pebbles, shells, books, CDs, recipes, spices, Arts & Crafts movement oddities, pirate accessories, West Coast tribal art (that is, art of the indigenous tribes of the northwestern U.S. and the west coast of Canada).

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Cooking, drawing, collage, singing, celebrating holidays, costuming, failing to make any progress on decluttering my house and making it aesthetically pleasing.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver, and I have pierced ears (but can't wear posts, so only pendants or hoops).

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like You need not spend money on me. I would be overjoyed to have a pebble, an acorn, a sketch, or a leaf from where you live, together with your explanation of where it came from and why it is special to you. If you are crafty, I would love to have something you made for me, if not too much trouble.

Also, my very bright ten-year-old son, Martin is the light of my life, so if you know of a book we could read together or a game we could play, that would be fine as well. A description of holiday traditions at your house would be really super.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. Were you planning on sending penicillin? I hope not, because I'm allergic to that....and sow thistles, so please don't send me those either.

Yours respectfully,
ClaireBear