Thursday, December 15, 2011

I Must Ask . . . What Is Your Ideal Christmas Gift?

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. –Roy L. Smith

Thank you so much, everyone, for weighing in on your favorite holiday traditions. Hands down, spending time with family took the most votes. I think that getting together with loved ones is one of the best things about this time of year. On the other side of the coin, one of the least favorites was decorating. Not one single person voted for it. to be honest, hauling the tree out of storage and putting it together is not my favorite way to spend an afternoon. Even less fun is stringing lights on a real tree. But I really love how excited the Little Bugs get about putting the ornaments on.

I didn't include this on the poll last week because I'm not sure if this is a tradition, per se, or if anyone else does this but at our house Santa always puts socks and underwear in our Christmas stockings. It is a great way to fill them up fast without spending a lot of money. And my mom always gets everyone new pajamas to open up before bed on Christmas Eve. We all pretend we don't know what's in the package, but new jammies to sleep in the night before Christmas is firmly embedded in our family traditions.

During the Christmas season, people tend to open their hearts and their wallets to give to others. Donations for those in need abound. I love to give gifts that are well received. I especially like finding just the right thing for the Little Bugs. I've yet to give Mr. Bug the perfect gift, but I keep trying. It's also hard to know what to get for my parents in light of how much they give to me. But today I want to talk about the receiving just a little bit. The anticipation of unwrapping something wonderful is part of what makes Christmas so magical. I know we all have a list of things we'd like, whether it be a mental list or one that is actually written out on paper. I would love to open up anything related to my fabric and quilting obsession, from a new pack of machine needles to {AURIfil} thread to fabric or fabric gift cards. At the top of my list is the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen. I'm holding out hope that I made the “nice” list this year.

There are plenty of other things I'd love {clothes, shoes, cash, a European vacation}, but I want to hear what you'd like. Today I must ask . . . what is your ideal Christmas gift? What would you really love to find under your Christmas tree? Don't be shy and say that you want something altruistic, or that you don't want anything. This is your chance to say what you really want without worrying about looking like a tool for thinking of yourself. Today's poll is a short list of possibilities because it is hard to poll someone's desires. Vote for the most closely related category and leave a comment telling me what you'd like!


Anonymous said...

An Ideal Christmas Gift.
I wish for my Children to be Happy, Employed, a home to live and a family to love them, have good friends, for them to be grateful for what they have and feel blessed that God loves them.

Paulette said...

The ideal Christmas gift for me--and we're talking a total fantasy, because this would never happen in a million years--would be a vacation somewhere unexpected and beautiful and warm. All the arrangements would be made, my work schedule cleared for me, plane tickets of course, the packing and shopping done (a la Alice Cullen), a really nice car waiting to take us to the airport, and no worries whatsoever on my part. Just jump in and go!

Mommarock said...

I always like to get certificates to the spa so then when I am having really bad days I can go get a pedicure, or manicure and feel like I am pampering myself.

Michelle said...

For me, the gifts that mean the most are those in which someone supports my hobbies, like quilting for example, because it shows they know me. I also love it when someone makes something for me. The love is in the effort, and also shows they know me.

So my ideal gift is not really a thing per se, it's the thought behind it.

Jennifer Lovell said...

No restraints on my Christmas wish? OK, you asked for it. I would like a check for $100,000 please : ). That would take care of our student debt and buy us the second car that we need! Is that asking too much? No? OK, I'll take a house of my very own to go with that. With a big red bow tied around it! And a wreath on the door? Furnished and decorated by someone who knows what they're doing? This is fun! Ha ha ha, I'm killing myself with an overdose of "dream-on, lady". Heh heh.

As for an ideal Christmas gift that I really could possibly ask for, I would probably love to get a Kindle or something of that sort. But the reason I DON'T want that is because I manage to read about 10 pages per week. Is there anyway to guarantee time to read with a gift like that? (Could I ask for a chef and a maid to move in with us in our new house?)

So what do I want that I could actually use? A gym membership so I could play racquetball again. That would be great! But I'd need that new car to go along with it...Doh! I guess I'm kind of hard to buy for this year!

Shay said...

For me anything sewing related is always a favourite. But if money was no object I'd really love a new car (I dont NEED one , but I want one !)