The Christmas Gift I Never Forgot...What Was Yours?

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The Christmas Gift I Never Forgot...What Was Yours?

 

The holidays always bring back wonderful memories for me. Besides the family dinners, Christmas lights, and the cheerful mood everyone is in, there are also gifts that I remember.

The Christmas gift that has always been in my heart is one I received when I christmas cookieswas living in my first apartment.

This was in Houston, my hometown, and I’d met a good group of people who lived there. We went to dinner together and played water volleyball every weekend. In fact, I’m still friends with many of them.

One evening there was a knock at the door. When I opened it, there stood the mother of one of my apartment friends.

Mrs. H. smiled and said….

Merry Christmas, Kathy. I thought you might like these.

 

In her hand was a plate of all kinds of homemade Christmas cookies. You can’t buy these. I wanted to cry. There must have been 3 or 4 dozen and each one was special.

 

I’ve had jewelry and tech stuff, clothing and purses, and while they were all treasured, this plate of cookies was one of the most cherished gifts I’d ever received because it was given from the heart.

 

What was your most memorable Christmas/Hanukkah gift?

 

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Kathy Streib
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Grant Schneider that is so sweet!!!! Have you shown them to them??

Scott Godzyk That was so thoughtful of them!!!!  I can see why you would remember that. 

Susan Haughton that is a beautiful memory to have of you with your mother. You know, I may be one of a handful of people who like fruitcakes!!! I can't imagine what you have to do to make them!!!

Dec 13, 2018 01:50 PM #25
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Isn't it funny how we remember our dolls?  Now that I look back, I think that at one time, I wanted a Raggedy Ann doll too but only because my good friend wanted one. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I want to fill my life with "good" stories that bring a smile to my face. 

Dec 13, 2018 01:53 PM #26
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Sharon Lee look at all of the special and very thoughtful friends you've met at ActiveRain!!!

Debe Maxwell, CRS thoughtful people such as yourself are what brings a smile to my face. That was so sweet of you to give Nina Hollander the Advent Calendar. And I love that your husband proposed to you on Christmas!!!

Dec 13, 2018 01:56 PM #27
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Roy Kelley I am of the age that I too love consumable gifts!!!

Nina Hollander I think you should!!! Then, every year that you bring it out for the holidays, you'll think of Debe and have a smile on your face when you do. 

Brian England what I love is seeing everyone in a holiday spirit and being kind to everyone. 

Dec 13, 2018 02:00 PM #28
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 that was sweet of him. I'm trying to picture in my mind what you would have done if those kittens had been real. 

Hannah Williams oh my gosh, I'd forgotten about those dolls!!! I had one too that was as tall as I was and had loops on the feet so you could strap them on and dance with her!!!

Dec 13, 2018 02:02 PM #29
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 thank you so much for the feature in our group!

Myrl Jeffcoat it reminds me of the "underwear" money aunts and uncles used to give as gifts. LOL  I love that you don't put any caveats on your monetary gifts. 

Dec 13, 2018 02:05 PM #30
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I remember getting this mechanical basketball game that used a ping pong ball that rolled into one of the holes and you had as sptirng loaded lever to try and make a basket. I was maybe 7.

Dec 13, 2018 02:10 PM #31
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It's hard to name just one gift. My most recent was last year, just before I flew over to Honolulu to spend New Year's with Hella Rothwell, my team member, Barbara Dow, mailed a present to my house in Hawaii. It was a silver chain bracelet with a small Buddha. Because she overhead me tell my husband that a person can never have too many Buddhas.

Dec 13, 2018 02:41 PM #32
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Kathy it is the simple things given from the heart that have the biggest impact on our lives.

Dec 13, 2018 04:49 PM #33
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Joe Pryor I don't think I've seen one of those. But I do remember getting a train set. 

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Love those kinds of gifts. It shows you that they were listening. 

 

Dec 13, 2018 05:05 PM #34
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George Souto That is so true!  I also remember that a friend once stopped over just before Christmas to bring me a very special ornament!  

Dec 13, 2018 05:06 PM #35
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One special memory is when my older brother and I received our cowboy and cowgirl outfits for Christmas. I only really "remember" because of the special photographs that were taken that year, but I also remember the sulfur smell of my brothers cap gun... Another year all my friends got electric hot rollers for Christmas, and I was devastated I didn't get them. A full 12 months later, the following Christmas, they arrived.  I used those hot rollers for years!

Dec 13, 2018 07:00 PM #36
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Morning Kathy.

My fondness memories was not what I received but the delight on our kids faces when we were struggling for funds.  Somehow we found the money to give them the one gift they really wanted.  

Dec 14, 2018 03:07 AM #37
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Wow Kathy,  I  remember getting my first set of  drums set from my Uncle and aunt at age.  My parents were not thrill but boy was I and played drums for years even in a band in my teens.

Dec 14, 2018 10:27 AM #38
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One of my most memorable Christmas gifts was an afghan made by my grandmother.  I was a young kid at the time, but as luck would have it the Christmas morning I opened that gift, it was like a hug from grandmom from states away.  I slept under that thing all day and the next.  Still have it. 

Dec 14, 2018 01:52 PM #39
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This is a great post, by the way. I'm honored to add my most memorable gift.

My grandfather died in 1987. I was devastated, as this was the first person that I was really close to that had died. I had lived with my mom and grandparents the first 2 years of my life because Dad was in the Navy.

My grandfather only had a sixth grade education, so his spelling wasn't the best. He had been ill for about 5 years and he told my grandmother that he wanted to leave some of "his money" to his children and grandchildren,( which wasn't a lot). So, he wrote each of his children's and grandchildren's names on a sheet of paper with the amount he wanted to give them.

Christmas 1988 or 1989, my grandmother was unable to come celebrate with the family so she sent gifts down. We were instructed to open this one gift together. When we opened our box, I saw a copy of the piece of paper my grandfather had written, in his childish scrawl, along with the money he wanted us to have.

You could have heard a pin drop.  We were all crying. It wasn't the money but the handwriting brought our loss home as we remembered him.

Best gift ever.

Dec 14, 2018 03:21 PM #40
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I don't recall how old I was, but I had told everyone I wanted a camera. That Christmas, I got 3 of them!

Your post has sent me back in time, thinking of many gifts and many people - many who are no longer with us.

Dec 14, 2018 03:30 PM #41
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My most treasured Christmas gift was my son Joshua born on Christmas Eve.

My childhood gift I never forgot was the doll Baby Secret. I still remember the smell of that doll and her little lips moving when she whispered.

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How thoughtful!  Cookies and milk is my favorite dessert.. anything home made is a very considerate gift.

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My birthday is Christmas Eve, so I got two sets of presents each year from my parents.  My favorite birthday/Christmas was when I turned 13.  I got a tennis racket for my birthday and an electric guitar for Christmas.  I still play tennis and guitar.  They were gifts that literally lasted a lifetime, although I don't still have the same racket and guitar.

Jan 11, 2019 03:42 PM #44
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