There’s an old Christmas cartoon that dares the viewer to imagine what it would be like at this time of year without jolly old St. Nick. In The Year Without a Santa Claus, elves Jingle and Jangle have to venture out of the North Pole to find children who can convince an ailing Santa that the Christmas spirit is still alive and well.
I imagine this is the way a lot of people feel about Christmas in this Year Without an Oprah. How are we supposed to muster any excitement over Christmas shopping without Oprah to guide us? Her favorite things episode was probably her most popular show every year and always revealed the hippest gifts.
Anyone who was lucky enough to be in the audience for that episode came away with an almighty mother lode of fabulous free stuff. I have a friend who was an audience member one year, and she said it was an amazing experience (except for the audience members who spent the entire hour jumping up and down and screaming loudly with enthusiasm). I can’t remember all of gifts she received, but I do remember that they were fantastic.
Alas, Oprah has moved on and we’re left with just the memories of those eye-popping episodes. And regrets that we didn’t try harder to get tickets…
Fret not. The Chick is here to fill the bill.
I have a few favorite things that are much easier to procure on your own than Oprah’s treasures. Some of them would make great Christmas presents and all come with the Official Unhip Chick Seal of Approval. So channel a little Julie Andrews a la Maria von Trapp, as I try to fill a void left by Oprah and share my enthusiasm (minus the annoying screaming) with you.
Mint truffle Kisses with green creamy filling
Big blocks of soap that smell like pomegranate
Good friends on Twitter from all over the planet
Melt in your mouth mints I find so addictive
These are a few things that hold my heart captive.
Salted caramel hot chocolate that tastes just like heaven
Whitening rinse that makes my teeth glow in the dark
These are the things that always hit the mark
When my bird bites
When Big Man snores
When I’m feeling fat
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel like that.
What are your favorite things?