What Philadelphians Really Want for Christmas

Photos from Christmas Village’s Wish Wall.

One of the best parts of this year’s Christmas Village is the newly installed Wish Wall, where Philadelphians can purchase a seasonally themed piece of cardboard—sorry, an ornament—and share their hopes and dreams with the rest of the city by hanging it on a large board at 15th and Market streets. It sounds a little corny, but it’s actually quite moving to see people wishing for relief from cancer and an end to homelessness, and for newborn babies and peace on earth. Every time I wander by, I am charmed by the sweet intentions. I am also highly amused because a handful of Philadelphians have used this space to wish for things that are, shall we say, a bit less noble. Here, some of the most entertaining well-wishes.


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