What Were Your Best and Worst Christmas Gifts?
Best and Worst Christmas Gifts
Anticipation is half the fun of receiving Christmas gifts. Children get so excited they almost bounce off the walls. Even adults wonder what is in the brightly wrapped gifts under the tree. I know I still get excited about the possibilities hidden in packages with my name on them. Have you ever received the most wonderful gift in the world? Or how about a gift that made you wonder what in the world were they thinking? Come with me on a journey through Christmas’s past.
Best Christmas Gifts
Watch with photo compartment.
One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received was something I had forgotten to mention to my parents that I really wanted. The big rage that year was a pendant watch. This is a watch on a necklace chain. Every girl was sporting one of these watches. They came in all styles and colors and you were nothing if you didn’t have one of these. Not that I ever let the fad-of-the-day rule what I wore or did, but this was also a practical item. When I pulled a gift out from under the tree and opened it up to reveal a brand new, shiny watch on a gold chain I was so shocked I couldn’t say a word. My parents were worried I didn’t like it. I loved it and I was so overcome I couldn’t say a word! When I could speak again I asked them how they knew exactly what I wanted. What kid believed his or her parents actually knew something about their likes and wants or the items that were the rage that year? But I give them credit for paying attention and getting me exactly what I wanted….and I wasn’t the only girl without a pendant watch that year!
Another great Christmas gift was the baseball glove I wanted when I was five years old. I was the biggest tomboy and I loved baseball, even at that young age. My Dad picked out the glove and I was thrilled with it. I couldn’t wait for warm weather to come so he could hit me some balls! I think my Mom felt guilty about a gift she thought was for a boy because I also received a perfume and powder set. I was not interested in that gift at all, but I didn’t want to hurt my Mom’s feelings so I told her I liked it too.
Worst Christmas Gifts
One of the worst Christmas gifts I ever received was from a former husband. I opened up the only package for me under the tree and found a pair of neoprene work-out shorts. It was supposed to make you sweat and lose more weight when you exercised. I was totally humiliated. What kind of a Christmas gift is that? I have never forgotten those shorts or how they made me feel.
A really disappointing gift I received one Christmas was from my aunt and uncle. They had no children of their own so they always bought gifts for all the nieces and nephews. Usually they did a great job picking out gifts we wanted, but that Christmas I was totally disappointed with my gift. I had been excited all night and could hardly get through the meal because my present under the tree was the biggest one! When I opened it up it contained a large doll, all decked out in a beautiful wedding dress. A doll…for me who was a tomboy! What was my aunt thinking! She told me every girl’s last doll should be a bride doll. I still wasn't impressed. But you know what? Later in my life my thoughts about that gift started to change, and over 40 years later I still have my bride doll. My aunt was a very wise woman.
The Best Gift of All
What were your best or worst Christmas gifts? Sometimes the best gift of all is spending time with your loved ones. Too many times we get caught up in the hoopla and forget what is most important. I always appreciated the handmade gifts too. Lots of time and love go into those kinds of gifts. Enjoy the holidays!
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