By Diane Ako
What do you want for Christmas? Every year for many years - and this is how I know I'm either old or Chinese - I tell friends I don't want anything. I feel like that is the kind of response my parents or my grandparents would give me when I asked them as a child: "Nothing, just be a good girl, get good grades."
My husband and I for years have just agreed to put the money towards a vacation fund. I'm a very practical, no-nonsense person and I am fine with that. My husband is a straight man, so he also means what he says and is relieved to not have to fuss with a gift-buying task.
I have everything I need. I don't want more stuff. I want time and energy. I want a great day with my family. I want to enjoy with friends a nice dinner. I want a good night's rest. I want the energy to go for a jog. I want to make my dog happy.
My mother insisted she get me something this year. You will laugh, but I am so simple, I like herbs, succulents, and vegetable plants. That could set her back a whole five dollars.
I asked a couple friends this question and here's what they said:
Paul Drewes, KITV newscaster:
More joy over the holidays. Everyone is stressed about shopping and getting gifts. This should be a time to spend with family and friends. We need more joy!
Olena Heu, KHON newscaster:
Since seeing Wicked live at the Blaisdell I have been mildly obsessed with Broadway tunes. I would love a Glee album or two - they are so fabulous!
Mike Cherry, Hawaii News Now sportscaster:
Does this mean we can get people to send this present, then? If that's the case, $2 million will do! LOL
What's your Christmas wish?