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...gooey cinnamon buns for breakfast, a giant mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top and a roaring fire in the fireplace.

OK, and a few other things. We'll get to those in a sec.

First: Merry Christmas, everyone, from all of the Dance Spirit editors!

It's arguably the most festive day of the year, and if you're a Christmas celebrator, we hope you're in the midst of a very merry day. (Pajamas mandatory all day long. Deal? Deal.)

But you don't have to celebrate Christmas in order to make a lengthy wish list, right? Here's what the Dance Spirit editors are dying for this year...

Sophia's shoes are from Steve Madden. Get 'em while you still can! (Photo by Erin Baiano)

"Sparkly wedge high-tops, like the ones Sophia Lucia is wearing on our January cover. As a fellow shorty, I understand her need for a little extra height—even when it's a sneaker day." —Rachel Zar, managing editor

"I want another live musical on TV! How about Singin' in the Rain? Ryan Steele in the Gene Kelly role? Cloud Campos in Donald O'Connor's part? Somebody get Rob Ashford on this, stat!" —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor

"I want to go to a taping of 'So You Think You Can Dance' during Season 11 so I can scream 'judges' in a Cat Deeley-esque British accent. That, and a pair of harem pants so I can feel like less of a bunhead in hip-hop class." —Maggie McNamara, assistant editor

"In a perfect world, stores would play Nutcracker music all year long—and the rest of the world would love it as much as I would." —Meggie Hermanson, fashion editor

Simi! Let's be twinsies. (Photo by Erin Baiano)

As always, I've got quite the list of my own going: I want Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring something—anything—to Broadway ASAP. I want to go shopping with Simrin Player. I want to put an end to "Dance Moms" and in its place create a TV show about all the great things that happen in the competitive dance world. I want Juliet Doherty to take home the top prize at the Prix de Lausanne. I want Nick Lazzarini to be the next President of the United States. I want newlyweds tWitch and Allison Holker to have, like, millions of little dancer babies. And I want to grow just one more inch so I can be tall enough to audition for the Radio City Rockettes.

Get busy, Santa—you've got some serious work to do for us this year.

Happy holidays!

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Joy to your worlds, friends!

If you're celebrating Christmas today, we hope you're snuggled up in holiday PJs with your families, opening presents, drinking hot chocolate and eating pancakes (no one ever said Christmas was a day for being healthy).

In the spirit of the holiday, we thought we'd share what's on each of our Christmas lists this year...

"All I want for Christmas is to have a DanceMedia [our parent company] talent show. Each magazine's staff—Pointe, Dance Magazine, Dance Retailer News and Dance Teacher—could put together a dance routine. The DS staff would rock. (In rhinestoned costumes, naturally.)" —Michael Anne Bailey, assistant/fashion editor and in-house bedazzler

"I want Misty Copeland to get promoted at American Ballet Theatre, already. It's long overdue—just ask Prince!" —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor and resident ballet guru

"I want a walk-on role in Annie (I'm short enough to be an orphan, right?) and lots of airline miles so I can travel to see my favorite dancers perform across the country. L.A. and Las Vegas, here I come!" —Rachel Zar, managing editor and DS shorty

As for me? I want In the Heights to return to Broadway forever. I want Ryan Steele to be my best friend. I want to salsa dance (well) with Luis Salgado. I want to be able to sing "So Much Better" from Legally Blonde: The Musical, and I want to actually hit—and hold—that crazy-long high note at the end. I want Chantel Aguirre to be mega-famous. I want fouette turns to be banned from competitions for one year—let's see what happens—and I want to go on a shopping spree with Cat Deeley.

Let me know how that list works out for you, Santa. I know I'm asking a lot, but I think my requests are pretty reasonable.

Have a safe, wonderful holiday, everyone!

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