In the spirit of the holiday, this Three Things Tuesday is dedicated to my favorite things, Christmas style.
Christmas Eve- I have always enjoyed Christmas Eve more than Christmas itself. Each year growing up, my grandparents would come over for a big dinner. We would listen to music, eat lots of yummy food and we would exchange our gifts. I am the oldest of the cousins on my mom’s side and youngest on my dad’s side and this has always been a special time for me to spend with my grandparents. After the grandparents leave, we (and sometimes friends come over) watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And every year we laugh our asses off. Unfortunately, this year has not been good to my grandfather. He had a stroke last winter, has been in and of the hospital and he is confined to a bed in his living room. My grandmother is by his side day and night. Needless to say, this Christmas Eve will be a little different from years past. Regardless, Christmas Eve is still my favorite and now the ones of the past hold an even more special place in my heart.
Best Surprise Ever- My parents always give me one gift on Christmas Eve. They try to choose something that is extra special. When I was twelve I opened a box with a note that said I had to call a number to find out what my gift was because it had not been ready in time. I have always been grateful for everything I recieved, so while I was a bit confused, I called. The phone rang and rang and rang. My mom insisted I call again and I was like “ugh” (I was twelve!!!) but I did. This time I got the answering machine. The message said something along the lines of “This is Jill’s own line…she does not know she has her own line…” and I just kind of stood there with my jaw dropped. Then it hit me. My very own phone line!! (Note to the young kids: this was before the days of cell phones and having your own line was pretty much the coolest thing ever!) I immediately called my friends and of course they all though I was spoiled (jealous much?) but everyone thought it was so cool. I have received many amazing gifts over the years, but that was by far the best surprise ever.
Giving- This is for real. I get serious joy out of thinking up gifts for people. I love finding just the right thing. Some of the biggest things I have ever done were for my parents. They are my most favorite people to buy for. They do so much for me and Christmas is the one time a year I really get to pay them back. One year, I booked them a trip (flight, rental car and hotel) to Key West for a long weekend! I am a good kid! And even though I have spent a lot of money of gifts in the past…some of the best gifts I have given are homeade. My favorite was the “memory jars” that I gave my group of closest friends a few years back. I typed up pages and pages of inside jokes and memories and added in a bunch of friendship quotes as well. I purchased mason jars, decorated them and then cut and folded all the papers to fit inside the jar. It was fun to make and cost next to nothing. And my friends loved it.
And since I requested them from you, I will share some photos of Christmas past…
With my Godparents; year of the gag gifts. And don’t knock my hat- that there is a genuine Debbie Gibson hat. As for the stonewash jeans…well, what can I say, it was the 80’s!
What was your all time best holiday surprise? Who is your favorite person to buy gifts for?