Just before the holidays, I posted an open letter to
MORE telling them that my Christmas wish was to write a recurring feature for their magazine. On Christmas morning, I pushed past my kids and ran downstairs to the tree, eager to see what Santa brought. I was hoping to find a beautifully wrapped box with a big red bow holding an invitation from MORE asking me to write for them. Well, that’s not exactly how it went….
In my home, where it is just me and my 2 tween boys, I am Santa Claus. Or at least I was up until last year when my children found out the truth on the school bus and the jig was up. I have to admit that I was a little relieved this Christmas when I didn’t have to go out and buy a whole bunch of gifts for myself from Santa Claus. Ever since my boys were young, they would say things like, “Mommy, you are soooo good that Santa will bring you lots and lots of goodies.” In an effort to keep up the ruse, I would buy myself gifts and hide them along with my children’s packages. Surely if I didn’t get anything, the boys might begin to think that Mommy wasn’t so good after all and I really didn’t need them having something to hold over my head for the coming year.
This year, the boys weren’t ready for things to change and still wanted me to “play” Santa Claus. I agreed but advised them that “Santa” was now just for the kids. So, I ordered myself a book and nothing more. No stocking stuffers, no array of gifts to me under the tree. I was looking forward to less wrapping, less dragging all those gifts up from their secret hiding places in the basement and getting to bed earlier on Christmas eve. Then I had a change of heart when sadly, on December 23rd, I received notification that the book was on back order and would not arrive until January. There would be nothing for me under the tree for the first time in 50 years. This got me thinking about Christmas wishes which in turn prompted me to write the post to MORE letting them know my wish.
Here we are in January, Christmas is all but put away and I am still waiting for my book. Having forgotten about my open letter, I was startled this morning when my email inbox had a message from
Santa MORE with the subject line: Your wish, fulfilled
Along with a friendly note inviting me to pitch a blog post for their More.com website, they sent me this….
The people at MORE have a great sense of humor and I’m glad that they decided to use this photo and not one from my subsequent post where I am wearing fake mustaches. You can bet that I will write and submit a piece for their Blogger of the Moment spot – with hopes that someday you’ll be able to come and read me over there.
Thank you MORE!
Photo credit: k*sco studios
Mock up MORE cover design: MORE Magazine