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Dear Santa......

I asked all the designers to send me a picture of their holiday decorations and perhaps a few words they would like to share with us all. I will be posting them as the month progresses. The first designer is our beautiful  Kim Blank Rannells who wrote this heartfelt letter to Santa.


December 1, 2019

Dear Santa,

I know it’s been a long time since I have written you.  A lot has changed since I last sat on your lap and pleaded for the new Barbie Townhouse.  I know you’re going to ask, so I’ll go ahead and address it head on. Have I been a good girl?

I can not tell a lie!  There have been days when I didn’t calculate my Weight Watchers points and partook in a delicious oh-so-worth-it dessert.  On occasion, I may have said or thought something negative about my job, even though I love what I do. And sadly, if the truth be known, I haven’t visited my parents as much as I should have.  Please don’t hold these things against me, because I promise to be better this year.

On the other hand, I have also shown goodness and love towards friends, family, and strangers. I hope you see my name on the Nice List beings I have been the best mom and wife that I know how.  Whether it be a shoulder to cry on, a loving ear to listen, an experienced mind to offer advice, arms to hug tight or money to help with overspending, I am always there for my family.

So, let’s cut to the chase, shall we, Santa?  What do I want this year? I no longer have a need or desire for material goods such as a Barbie house or new roller skates.  What I am asking for is much more valuable. I want a mind and heart that never forgets what is important in life. I want to be swaddled in memories!  I want memories of Christmases past when my son would wake up at 5 am and beg for us to get up to see what you had left under the tree or of my daughter lighting up when she realized she had her very own kitchen set in which to make better meals than I could ever make.  Memories of my own childhood when we would go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas Eve and have to smell that nasty oyster stew. I never want to forget.

I said things are a lot different now.  My son is now engaged and living in an apartment working at Berkshire Hathaway, my daughter has a semester left of college with a future full of possibilities and dreams to fulfill.  My husband and I are starting to feel the aches and pains , both physically and mentally, that come with aging. My parents are experiencing some stressful health issues. But even with all these changes, good and bad, I know that I am so blessed and fortunate.

Santa, I hope you can grant my request that I can always hold onto the memories.  And if it’s not too much to ask, help me to hold onto the spirit of Christmas in my head and heart all year round.  Merry Christmas!!


Such beautiful words Kim, and what a gorgeous tree!!!


So Im sure you guessed todays prompt...yep! We are all writing letters to Santa!!! They can be jovial, serious or even a list! It cute to put it in an envelope in your daily if you like! ANYTHING GOES !!!! My letter will have a lot of heart felt thoughts for sure,  BUT... it will have that little Chanel bag I saw in the mall on Black Friday also !!!!!!!!! OMG!! COME ON!!! ITS CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!! 


December 04, 2019 — Sallie Phelan


Debby Riendeau

Debby Riendeau said:

I love this letter. It is so inspiring! Obviously you put a lot of time and thought into it. I’m going to add it to my to-do list.

Heather McKinley

Heather McKinley said:

Wow Kim that was amazing! I with ya on all those old memories. Your words gave me a walk down memory lane of my family traditions. You have a heart of gold and I have no doubt you’re on his nice list! Just like the rest of the design team and Tamra 😍😍

Debbie Babaryk

Debbie Babaryk said:

I loved that letter. I’m sure santa will forgive your eating that oh so worth it good dessert and a few little negatives about your job. Not to worry. You are on his good list because of the kindness and consideration you show so many on a daily basis. Your tree is gorgeous. Merry Christmas Kim ❤️

Linda English

Linda English said:

That was simply an awesome letter Kim! And a gorgeous tree for sure. You are a beautiful writer too~so talented in so many ways. Thank you for the inspiration ~Merry Christmas <3

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