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Merry Christmas (2014 edition)

SUZIE: That’s what I want for Christmas.

KRIS: A doll’s house like this?

SUZIE: No, a real house. If you’re really Santa Claus, you can get it for me. And if you can’t, you’re only a nice man with a white beard, like mother said.

KRIS: Now wait a minute, Suzie. Just because every child can’t get his wish doesn’t mean there isn’t a Santa Claus.

SUZIE: [Sarcastically.] That’s what I thought you’d say.

KRIS: But don’t you see, dear? Some children wish for things they couldn’t possibly use, like real locomotives or B–29s.

SUZIE: But this isn’t like a locomotive or a B–29.

KRIS: [Patiently.] It’s awful big for a little girl like you. What could you do with a house like this?

SUZIE: Live in it with my mother.

KRIS: But you’ve got this lovely apartment.

SUZIE: I don’t think it’s lovely. I want a backyard with a great big tree to put a swing on.

[SUZIE looks at Kris, but he doesn’t share her enthusiasm. She becomes sad.]

SUZIE: I guess you can’t get it, huh?

KRIS: I didn’t say that. Well, it’s a tall order, but I’ll do my best. May I keep this picture?

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Stephanie says

    Thanks for all the great ideas. We’ve been long time fans of your recipes and tool suggestions. This morning, he finished opening his gifts (the gloves you mention above, the grill basket and Steven Raichlen’s Man Made cookbook you suggested a while back) and asked, “How did you find all these great grilling tools?” I had to confess you’d made it easy. Thanks again!

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