Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I remember flipping through toy store flyers when I was a kid, trying to pick out what I wanted Santa Clause to bring me. Now, I’m a little too old for toys (although I still believe in Santa Clause), but here’s what I want this year… -a new apartment. My apartment is just too noisy and too far from downtown. I want to go shopping, grab a drink, and have dinner all within 5 mintues walking. And for under 40,000 yen/month. Oh, and I need lots of room and space for a dog and a car. Is that possible? -a FREE airplane ticket to see my family. I haven’t seen them in over a year…but a $1,500 USD ticket is just too much! -new socks. I love new socks. If I was rich, I’d wear new socks every day and throw them out at the end of the day. It sounds like a waste, but I would still do it. and lastly… -a Mandaishoten near my house. If you know me, you know I’m a clothing otaku. Mandaishoten has all sorts of rare clothing that I can only find in Japan. And Mandaishoten is open 24 hours…so if it was close to my house, I could go there at 7 a.m. when I wake up. Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brings you everything you are wishing for! Peace. /Sendai Study Advisor Stephen M.