My wife surprised me with this HP laptop two Christmases ago.
I had been using an old Gateway Solo laptop, which weighed about 20 pounds. It died. Loudly. Imagine a chainsaw sound as the hard drive ate itself. I bought a no-name replacement. It worked well on days that didn't end in Y, electrical tape held together the power cord, and the replacement battery held a charge for a few precious minutes. The company went out of business before the warranty expired.
I thought we were finished opening gifts on Christmas morning, and she brought me one more present to open.
It was the best gift I had ever gotten because 1) I wasn't expecting it; 2) I really needed it, and 3) she surprised me with it.
Kind of like love when you think about it ... :~)
When I was a kid my grandmother sent home with my three siblings and me what she called a goody box. It was a good size cardboard box wrapped in Christmas paper around the sides and the top left open. She filled this box with various cookies and candy she had made. Sometimes she would also have loafs of her famous banana bread in the box and add fresh fruit like apples and oranges in the mix along with walnuts and sometimes there would be some mittens or hats she had made each of us. As simple as this gift seems I never forgot Grandma's special Christmas Goody box.
The time and the space to pray and speak to the lord at Christmas. I don' take this one gift that life has granted me for granted. That I am free on Christmas eve to bend my knees and thank the lord for everything he does for me throughout the year.
Bless you all at Christmas. From safiq ali patel
Back in 2001 my parents got my brothers and I an Xbox with Halo: Combat Evolved. That has been the best gift I ever got. Nothing has topped it. Ever.
Always, it is the ability give to others and share in the Christmas spirit. I have learned in my years on this earth, that it is truly better to give than receive. This fondest feeling comes to me when I am able to do this. Thanks for your nice question and it is well received.
Some pearl earrings from my husband. I told him earlier in the year that if he ever wanted to buy me jewelry, I would like pearls because they signify longevity. I was so touched that he heard my request.
Myself being an Hindu, I didn't have that luck to receive any christmas gift. But I had taken part in it's celebration with my Christian friend. Still I remember about 12 years back during the christmas holidays I got a bottle of fine wine from one of my colleagues, who was X'tian. Please read my hub on Christianity in my land at: http://sunilkunnoth2012.hubpages.com/hu … -in-Kerala
A Barbie, Christie and Skipper doll and a box full of doll clothes.
I did not realize it at the time, but, the best Christmas present I ever received was a dainty little handkerchief -- you know, the kind that a lady would keep in her purse and never use because it is so pretty.
I was 18 years old at the time. Just 18, for it was Christmas day and my birthday also. It was a bad time for my mother and money was scarce that year. I was still in high school because I missed two years and had to return. I went to school during the day and worked grave yard shift four nights a week. I never had any money for myself, did not have many clothes, and no pretty things to put in my own dresser, in fact, I did not even have my own dresser.
Anyway, that Christmas of my 18th birthday, was the first one since my parents divorced and money was very tight. Some elderly ladies from a church visited us and with kind hearts brought a gift for each of us, my Mother, my three little siblings and myself. The little ones got cute toys, I got that dainty handkerchief. I was devastated -- what was I to do with a dainty little piece of cloth I could never use? I did not even have a purse to put it in. I put it back in the box and under my mattress. When I went to bed that night, I cried from self-pity.
I had a dream that night about being alone in a strange place, with no one to care for me or love me. When I awoke in the morning, I felt so very different, not longer feeling sorry for myself. I had family who loved me, I had a home, a bed, and a lot to be proud of. I realized that I was like my Mother, that even when times are tough, you do what you have to in order to keep the family together. I realized that the little handkerchief was a message for me, it was a message of love. Love sometimes comes in little ways we do not recognize at the time.
I still have that little hankie, and I take it out of its box whenever I am feeling sorry for myself. It is the best Christmas present I have ever received.
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