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The Rock Staff’s Grown-Up Christmas List

This year, The Rock at Boston College is doing the season of joy in a big way by generating new content every day in our first ever “25 Days of Christmas”. The Rock is proud to present this installment in our holiday special. 

Remember when you were a kid and you spent weeks slaving over your letter to Santa, convincing him of your goodness and outlining your wishes for the holiday?  Well, maybe the days of writing to the big man up at the North Pole are long gone for us college students, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have our special Christmas wishes!  We at The Rock at Boston College put our heads together to devise our own letter to Santa Claus; here’s what our staff is wishing for this Christmas.


dear santa “A little over four years ago, I got a claddagh ring. I never took it off for more than a day or two, but early on this semester I took it off and put it on a shelf, then watched it fall from the shelf. Apparently, it never landed, because I haven’t seen it since. I would love to get another one, because almost three full months later, I still find myself trying to twist it on my finger. Four years of habits die hard.” – Saidhbhe Berry ‘17 

“The only thing I’m asking for this year is clothes. I hate doing laundry, and with my college student logic, the more clothes I have, the fewer times I need to do laundry.” – Jack Donovan ‘17 

“This Christmas, I’d love to add to my ever-growing collection of patterned socks.  It started with cheesy holiday socks I received from friends and family, but now has become something I purchase for myself.  This semester alone, I bought myself a pair with foxes on them, a classic red-and-white reindeer-patterned pair for Christmas, and a pair with polar bears and snowflakes.  Not to mention the pair of pink socks I was given whilst in the Netherlands: I was joking with a friend of a friend about socks and how as we get older, we appreciate the gift of socks much more than when we were kids, and they responded by giving me a pair.  Yay socks!” – Danielle Dybbro ’15

“Santa, all I want for Christmas is a new pair of black lace-up boots.  After eight months of trooping up and down the hills of Boston and Glasgow almost every day, navigating Staten Island and the Upper West Side in a spring break snowstorm, trekking through London, Amsterdam and Florence to name a few places, general butt-kicking activities… well, let’s just say the boots I found at DSW’s end-of-season sale last year have seen better days.  I know only your elves could produce a pair of boots hardy and perhaps magical enough to last me another year.”  – Kate Lewis ‘15

“Dearest Santa, I would firstly like to apologise for telling my sisters you were not real. I know my childhood defiance probably really hurt your feelings, and here I am annoying you with my yearly wishes. I’ll try to keep it simple. I would really appreciate it if you gave me an orphaned baby elephant. Hear me out now. I’ve gone through extensive training, tiresome research and financial preparation. I believe I am fully equipped to handle their exercising needs and nutritional demands (still working on handling their cuteness, but we’ll see). I promise I’ll look after it as if it were my own. Pretty please, Santa?” – Bia Lyrio ‘14 

“This year, all I want is a chance to play with the seals at the New England Aquarium in Boston.  Ever since I was three years old and my family brought me a stuffed animal seal when I was in the hospital, seals been my favorite animal. I recently found out that the aquarium offers a program where you can actually go in and play with the seals. I can’t imagine anything in the world that could be better than that.” – Meagan McCarthy ‘14

“I’d like a job, please.” – Marie McGrath ‘14

“Over Thanksgiving, I was approached by my parents and other family members about what I wanted from them for Christmas. Seeing as I don’t need anything (past Christmases covered everything I could ask for), I didn’t beat around the bush. I told them I wanted cold hard cash. ‘That’s not very festive!’ my grandmother said. No, I suppose it’s not, but it’s really the most practical. I can go to a movie or see a concert with money. Sure, with a gift card I can eat out with friends once in a while, but you can only have so many Chipotle burritos before you get tired of it. With cash, I can buy any item I want without having to feel guilty about re-gifting  some ugly sweater or uninteresting book. I try and give everyone something they’ll appreciate. Right now, the best thing I would appreciate from anyone would be money and the freedom to do what I will with it.” – Christian Petro ‘15

“Dear Santa, I think you’re a genie which means I get three things.  First, I want the superpower of teleportation, because that would be super-convenient and I could become one of the X-Men.  Second, I want the lead role in a Broadway musical, as well as the Tony that goes with it.  And finally, I would love a pair of warm, argyle socks.  Preferably in blue.  Your move, Mr. Claus.” – Chris Pinto ‘16

“Dear Santa, I want a machine that makes homemade-like meals for next semester without the need for buying any actual food (it will make meals magically). Some socks would also be nice.” – Michael Solah ‘15

“Hey there, big guy. I need your help. You see, when my mom asked me for a Christmas list this year, I sent her a very nicely detailed email with everything I actually wanted, images and URLs included. But I’m pretty sure the woman is in denial. She keeps hinting that she’s buying me Bean Boots and new fancy clothes and shoes, etc… but none of that was on my list! She keeps forgetting to mention the new TI nSpire CX CAS calculator, a Levenhuk Strike 80 NG Telescope, a t-shirt with Euler’s Identity on it, the book on Quantum Computing,  and Dunkin’ gift cards that I mentioned. So I guess I’m asking you for one of two things- either the items on my list or a mom who stops trying to make her daughter a little less weird.” – Erin Sutton ‘16 

“Santa, if you could bring me the book 642 Things to Write About, I promise I can have my novel done by the time I’m 25. You might want to put some motivation in my stocking too, though;  I think Starbucks and Dunkin’ sell lots of that.” – Melissa Warten ‘16

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