Tuesday, December 22, 2009

10 Christmas Gifts I'll Never Forget

1. the Popsicle wagon (a much used and beloved riding toy)
2. the Barbie canopy bed that my parents made (which featured my outgrown pink satin dance recital costume for the canopy and bedding)
3. the overnight case filled with Trixie Belden books
4. my sister's life size Shirley Temple paper doll
5. our Chatty Cathy dolls
6. the small silver jewelry box I bought my mother with saved lunch money (I bought my daddy a present that year too but I don't remember what it was)
7. the paper cutouts my sister made me (which I didn't appreciate at the time)
8. the used car my ex-husband gave me (which I guessed from the clue that it was small enough to fit into his pocket....I had been telling him not to give me clues because I always guessed what it was...after that he took me for my word and never gave me another clue)
9. the happy smiles on my children's faces every Christmas morning

10. Of course, the real gift of Christmas is not like the ones we give others. The gifts we give to our loved ones are only a dim reflection of the one our heavenly Father sent to us through his Son. God's gift to humanity was the gift of eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Let us never forget the real meaning of the season.


  1. This was sweet to read Stevie!
    One year my parents went shopping for us from our "wish list" and left all the presentsin the car, and they were all stolen that night! They couldn't afford to go back to buy us more expensive presents so they went to the local Five and Dime and bought little things for us instead ..stocking stuffer type things. Those little things were some of the best gifts I ever received. To this day I love "little things" the best! :-)

  2. the gift of eternal life....so true!

    Loved your 10 list! Some gifts just stick with you, don't they!

  3. Ah, such a fun list of memories! Of course #10 is my favorite! Hope your enjoying your day ~ pour a cup of tea and have a cookie or two! (wink)

  4. its the simple things that we tend to not appreciate at first, but treasure later.

  5. Some of those gifts had a nostalgic feel to them.. thanks for your memories. Have a great Christmas. :)

  6. You're so right...everything we do here at Christmas is just a dim reflection of the ultimate gift. But still, a reflection...thanks for reminding us. Merry Christmas.

  7. Your list brought back so many memories...and yes, your final gift, is the most precious of all. God's love for man and our love for Him and our fellow man - may we hold that in our hearts, not only during this seaon but always.

  8. What a lovey post, I so enjoyed reading this. Particularly I recognize the number seven. Yes, those are the best gifts.
    In case I would not get a chance to stop by tomorrow, let me wish you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones an all the best in the New Year.;))

  9. this is such a lovely post, and i agree with the last sentence. hugs to you and yours for a very merry one and a very healthy and happy 2010

  10. So many fond memories. I hope you are making happy memories this season. Merry Christmas.

  11. Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

    Hugs, Gaby

  12. what a wonderful list, stevie! my sis and i each had a chatty cathy doll as well. and i still have the hand-painted button box i made for my mom one year. i will cherish it forever.

    heartfelt christmas greetings to you and your family!

  13. Perfect list, Stevie, perfect!

    Regards to your question, no, not always. Not a pretty typical Istanbul december. Last year it was snowing, colder. But this year winter isn't officially arrived in town though east parts of the country freezing and in snow. It's still warm out my town. Amazing weather all I can say:)

    Well, I wish you the best Christmas time with your family and friends and a New Year full of wonder:)

  14. I am so last minute with everything I do, but I had to make sure I wished you and your family a Merry Christmas! I will have to come back during the weekend to catch up on all your posts.
    Merry Christmas!

  15. Wonderful post! The first time we had Christmas gifts was because I stole money & bought a roll of candy for my sister & brother. Then I bought mosquito spray for me as there were too many mosquitoes where we lived. I was 10 & yes, I do regret that I have this "theft" history.

  16. I'll always remember the out-of-tune mouth organs (harmonicas) Father Christmas (my Dad) gave me every Christmas! Used to drive me crazy as I couldn't play a song in tune! - Dave

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