OK, so I'm Jewish. That doesn't mean Santa can't be in an ecumenical mood on Christmas Eve and remember me as he travels around the globe. Just in case, here's my list:
I want my 6-month-old grandson to continue to be as happy a kid as he was in 2013, but with more teeth and the ability to walk. Oh, and getting him toilet-trained would be nice also.
I want my readers to all win the Powerball jackpot, but not to waste a single dime of their hard-earned money on buying Powerball tickets. I know, I know, you can't win if you don't play, but it's my wish list.
I want the Supreme Court to repeal its Citizens United ruling, so the wealthy can't unduly influence the outcomes of elections using their great wealth, and I want the court to also reject by a 9-0 vote the so-called conscience-clause loopholes that are just an excuse by privately owned companies to deny constitutional health and reproductive services to their workers.
I want the tea party to continue to drive the Republican Party so far to the right that voters will decide for themselves that any candidate wearing the "R" brand on their backside truly doesn't understand them, care about them, and surely aren't interested in doing anything for them.
I want local Republicans Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito to make many appearances together so voters can ask themselves as many times as possible how, if these two agree on so little, and why did they bother to team up together.
Hot dogs and beans?
Hot dogs and maple syrup?
I don't think so.
I want Scott Brown to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire so he can be the answer to a 2035 Trivial Pursuit question as to who was the guy who got booted out as U.S. senator in Massachusetts only to be rejected by the voters of New Hampshire when he ran for the same job in a different state two years later.
I want President Barack Obama haters to simply admit, once and for all, that if they are going to blame the president for the terrible Obamacare rollout, they must also give him credit for the jobless rate in the United States reaching its lowest point since President George W. Bush and his hapless deregulators destroyed the economy in 2008.
Come on, it's Christmas. You can do it.
I want the people who don't see that guns do kill people to wake up and count the tears of the parents of the child victims of Newtown, Conn., who understand like few others do that sensible gun laws and the Second Amendment can coexist if people of good will work together to make it so.
I want Fox TV to take time away from its annual hateful, bogus War on Christmas crusade to look around at the thousands of beautifully decorated individual homes in Lowell, Tewksbury, Dracut and the entire Merrimack Valley, and then to multiply those lights by the millions upon millions of similar light displays on millions of homes in the other 49 states and then to tell viewers again with a straight face there is an ongoing War on Christmas, and the pro-Christmas side is losing.
Shame on them all.
I want Jim Campanini to know how much I appreciate him for giving me a forum each and every week in The Sun, even though most weeks I know he doesn't agree with me on anything I write, and I want to thank my editor, Mike Kilduff, for his pithy headlines, great layouts and endless patience. But that's what good newspapers are supposed to be about -- the dissemination of disparate and often conflicting ideas.
With Santa's help, I see my role again in 2014 as being one voice amongst many, fighting for my point of view, while other more conservative writers battle for theirs.
Thus, I want in 2014 to sometime amuse, sometimes infuriate, sometimes elucidate, and sometimes just educate and inform.
Let's see if Santa has all the stuff I want in his large bag come Dec. 25.
Michael Goldman is a paid political consultant for Democratic candidates and president of Goldman Associates in Boston.