Some of us would stand in line to see the big guy, waffling between two of three things only to be surprised at what actually came out of our mouths when the questions was posed. Others knew exactly without a doubt and would state our desires in a loud, clear voice to make sure Santa understood our wish.
While it is good to know what you want when talking with Santa, it's a bit different in the dating world. In order to make your search for a mate fun, it is necessary to keep an open mind and be flexible.
The best rule of thumb it to make a list of what it is you would like in a match. Next, divid this list into "deal breakers" and "ideals". "Deal breakers" are absolutely non-negotiable traits, like wanting to have children or being of the same religion. "Ideals" are attributes which you prefer like having a good sense of humor or a being well traveled.
The goal here is to be open about a potential date who may not meet all of your ideals, but hit the major check boxes under your "deal breakers." Celebrate individuality and be open to new possibilities. You could end up ruling out your dream woman or man because they have the wrong hair color.
Remember, it's a wish list and it could be different a few months down the road.