The Voice wanted to know what neighbors wanted for Christmas this year, be it world peace or a new pair of slacks. Below are some of their answers.
“Well, being a college student, I want money to pay off my college debts,” said Kaaren Harvey, a senior at Washington State University studying criminal justice. “I’ve just applied to law school, too.” She applied at the University of Washington, Seattle University and other schools on the West Coast. We wish Harvey well.
For Blair Berson and Jessica Brower at Magnolia Animal Hospital, lots of little stocking stuffers seemed to top their list.
“DVDs and iTunes certificates,” Berson said. “Books and gift certificates to Trader Joes,” Brower added. To be sure, it wasn’t all about them. Berson suggested some cat toys for her cat, Briar Rose.
Alec Schweigert, a teller at KeyBank, thought for a good 20 seconds before announcing his request for Christmas.
“Some happy homes for our four-legged friends at the local humane society,” he said.
Of course, Schweigert has a dog “more or less my son,” named Parker he added. And yes, Parker is a rescue.
“Well, I’m all about the animals,” said Patti Howell, owner and operator at PJs Paws and Claws. “So a home for every pet.” Her business is a big supporter of animal programs such as the Seattle Animal Shelter and the annual pet parade and costume contest, as well as the Furry 5K. The store also donates 5 percent of its profits to animal rescue and adoption agencies in King County.
Howell’s assistant, Cassie Rothenberg wanted something unique. “I want Ron Paul to get elected,” she said with a smile, adding that he’s the only presidential candidate who makes any sense.
Lindsay Butler of Lindsay Butler Massage, said she wanted something from The Village and that she “just gave my husband my Christmas list.” On that list are items that can be found at stores throughout the Village. Butler likes to shop local.
Linda McGillvray of Dish It Up! was working with customers looking at pizza stones and sharing Christmas stories at the cash register when the Voice asked her the question of the day. What does Linda want for Christmas? Without a hint of sarcasm, she said, “I want my daughters to do the dishes after dinner.” McGillvray has three adult daughters.
Steve Urlacher, who has lived in Magnolia for close to 49 years, didn’t want anything material. His altruism showed when, without hesitation, he said, “Health and happiness to all the people of the Magnolia area.”