Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages!
My hubby and I really went all out this Christmas! We decided the sky was the limit as far as gifts were concerned and we had loads of fun doing our Christmas shopping. I have to admit the things we got our family were outrageous and frivolous, but hey, Christmas only comes once a year. When I first told my hubby what I wanted to do for Christmas and how much money I wanted to spend he thought I had finally flipped out but when I came home with these cute little Christmas tins he knew I was serious. That's when he decided to get involved. I honestly have to say I don't know which one of us had more fun, him or I.
My hubby and I have known for a long time how much Anne has always wanted to go to Italy so we decided to send her on an all expenses paid vacation to the country of her dreams.
We found a very cool looking tree house and decided it
would make a wonderful Christmas gift for our great-grandson
Since Kurt was a little boy of maybe seven or eight years old, and
used to go on sailing trips with my brother and sister-in-law,
he has talked about owning a Marina one day. We found one
for sale on the Internet and gave it to him.
Now what little boy wouldn't want to go to Disney World? My hubby and I decided this would be the perfect gift for our grandson Ryan.
We have all heard the term 'it is better to give than receive.' Well that statement is so true! We have always felt that
way but this year even more so. My hubby and I had so much fun trying to decide what would be the perfect gift for everyone in our family. After we were finished picking out every ones gifts we picked out a gift for each other. We talked about these gifts for days. We taunted and teased each other all the while trying to guess what the gifts could possibly be. All of this was pretend of course but just think about how much fun it would be to give your family something you knew they had always wanted, or you thought they would absolutely love to have for Christmas, but never in a million years would it be something you would ever be able to afford.
On Christmas Eve, prior to our regular Christmas exchange, we told our family how much we wished we could give them the world for Christmas, but since it wasn't possible, we were giving them these much thought out pretend gifts instead. We told them not to open any gifts until everyone got one. Then they took turns, sharing pictures, and reading aloud what each of them had gotten from us and why. Our family absolutely love this idea! In fact, it was the hit of our Christmas party! They couldn't wait to open they're gifts. They were very excited to see what we had picked out for them. They couldn't wait to see what my hubby had given me, what I had given him, and what the others had gotten. They had so much fun, and liked it so much, that they decided they want to draw names next year and give some pretend gifts of their own. My brother and sister-in-law loved the idea so much that they are going to do it for our nieces Christmas party later this week. I can't wait to see what gifts they have chosen for us and them. I wish I had words to begin to express how much fun this was and how much all of us enjoyed it.
I'm unable to take credit for this idea myself. I happened to turn on the TV one day and something similar to this was being done in one of the Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. It was presented a little differently in the movie, in that the family was unable to afford any gifts at all, but basically it was a similar concept...
It's the thought that counts.....
And It's really true..... Sometimes the best gift do come in smallest packages!.......
With warmest regards, Carol