A Bang-on-the-Mark Christmas

Cara/Andrea here,

As you may have noticed, the Wenches are doing celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily little snippets from our childhood holidays. It's my turn to share, and as I cleaned up crumpled wrapping paper and tangled ribbons this year's holiday, it got me to thinking about presents past.

It’s funny how certain things stick in one’s mind . . . When I was very young, Christmas morning was always such a magical time—the tree glittering with its colorful lights, the stockings bulging with sweet treats, the presents beckoning with hand-lettered name tags. But there’s one present I remember above all others.

Cowboy-Christmas I was three, and as I had an older brother, I wanted to imitate everything he did. So it goes without saying that dolls were not on my wish list. (Like Pat, I never grew to like girly things. I was always a complete tomboy, and to this day I’d probably choose L.L. Bean boots over Manolo Blahnick stiletto heels) In any case, my brother wanted a cowboy outfit, so naturally I did too. My parents, to their everlasting credit, did not object to this gender-bending request and saw fit to grant my wish. Well, as you can see by my picture, I was one very happy buckaroo that morning.

 But it’s memorable for more than that one moment. For some reason, that outfit really sparked my imagination. I spent countless hours creating elaborate stories and acting them out. (The poor family dog, who was very patient with me riding him bareback.) I become immersed in my own little  world . . . and was inspired to AD-horses-book-cropped write my first book about the Wild West! (Even then I was a horrible speller, but alas, Crayolas didn’t come with Spell-Check. I took many years of kidding about ‘horeses’ from my family.) I guess what I’m getting at is that present triggered a passion. The West gave way to Regency England, but my love for losing myself in my own make-believe world and spinning stories with people and events that came to life in my own little brain was a gift that stayed with me for a lifetime. I’m forever grateful for that beribboned box that held a pint-size ten gallon hat and fancy boots.

So how about you? What’s the most memorable gift you ever received? And did you ever get one that sparked a lifelong interest in something? 

Happy Holidays, everyone! May you all have a happy and healthy 2011.

105 thoughts on “A Bang-on-the-Mark Christmas”

  1. Hi, Cara! Thank you for a most enjoyable post. Great storytellers grow from young imaginations : ) I have always loved to cook, spending countless hours in the kitchen with my Gran. I was blessed with a grandmother who was “the greatest cook ever”, and she taught me so much about food, cooking, housekeeping, sewing, and so much more! One childhood Christmas, I received not only an “Easy-Bake Oven”, but also “Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cookbook”. I loved them both, and I still have them! I have progressed beyond the single light bulb cooking technology of the “Easy-Bake”, but I still prepare recipes from the cookbook. My family was very patient and kind in regards to my early cooking efforts. I am proud to say that not one family member was injured in the making of the cook that I turned out to be : )

    Reply
  2. Hi, Cara! Thank you for a most enjoyable post. Great storytellers grow from young imaginations : ) I have always loved to cook, spending countless hours in the kitchen with my Gran. I was blessed with a grandmother who was “the greatest cook ever”, and she taught me so much about food, cooking, housekeeping, sewing, and so much more! One childhood Christmas, I received not only an “Easy-Bake Oven”, but also “Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cookbook”. I loved them both, and I still have them! I have progressed beyond the single light bulb cooking technology of the “Easy-Bake”, but I still prepare recipes from the cookbook. My family was very patient and kind in regards to my early cooking efforts. I am proud to say that not one family member was injured in the making of the cook that I turned out to be : )

    Reply
  3. Hi, Cara! Thank you for a most enjoyable post. Great storytellers grow from young imaginations : ) I have always loved to cook, spending countless hours in the kitchen with my Gran. I was blessed with a grandmother who was “the greatest cook ever”, and she taught me so much about food, cooking, housekeeping, sewing, and so much more! One childhood Christmas, I received not only an “Easy-Bake Oven”, but also “Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cookbook”. I loved them both, and I still have them! I have progressed beyond the single light bulb cooking technology of the “Easy-Bake”, but I still prepare recipes from the cookbook. My family was very patient and kind in regards to my early cooking efforts. I am proud to say that not one family member was injured in the making of the cook that I turned out to be : )

    Reply
  4. Hi, Cara! Thank you for a most enjoyable post. Great storytellers grow from young imaginations : ) I have always loved to cook, spending countless hours in the kitchen with my Gran. I was blessed with a grandmother who was “the greatest cook ever”, and she taught me so much about food, cooking, housekeeping, sewing, and so much more! One childhood Christmas, I received not only an “Easy-Bake Oven”, but also “Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cookbook”. I loved them both, and I still have them! I have progressed beyond the single light bulb cooking technology of the “Easy-Bake”, but I still prepare recipes from the cookbook. My family was very patient and kind in regards to my early cooking efforts. I am proud to say that not one family member was injured in the making of the cook that I turned out to be : )

    Reply
  5. Hi, Cara! Thank you for a most enjoyable post. Great storytellers grow from young imaginations : ) I have always loved to cook, spending countless hours in the kitchen with my Gran. I was blessed with a grandmother who was “the greatest cook ever”, and she taught me so much about food, cooking, housekeeping, sewing, and so much more! One childhood Christmas, I received not only an “Easy-Bake Oven”, but also “Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cookbook”. I loved them both, and I still have them! I have progressed beyond the single light bulb cooking technology of the “Easy-Bake”, but I still prepare recipes from the cookbook. My family was very patient and kind in regards to my early cooking efforts. I am proud to say that not one family member was injured in the making of the cook that I turned out to be : )

    Reply
  6. Lovely post, and now I think you ought to write a western, Cara.
    I don’t remember many of my Christmas presents – being a Capricorn, Christmas and birthday presents were often combined — but I do remember one gift in particular that my dad gave me for Christmas when I was eleven.
    It was a beautiful pair of black and white marble bookends, carved in the shape of two horse heads. I remember being thrilled because they were such a grown-up present and combined my twin passions of horses and books. I still have them, and still feel an echo of that thrill when I dust them, even now.
    The second gift I remember was a Flintstones Annual that was given me by an aunt and cousins one year. We weren’t allowed comics, but this was a gift and so had to be permitted. Ah, the thrill of the forbidden…

    Reply
  7. Lovely post, and now I think you ought to write a western, Cara.
    I don’t remember many of my Christmas presents – being a Capricorn, Christmas and birthday presents were often combined — but I do remember one gift in particular that my dad gave me for Christmas when I was eleven.
    It was a beautiful pair of black and white marble bookends, carved in the shape of two horse heads. I remember being thrilled because they were such a grown-up present and combined my twin passions of horses and books. I still have them, and still feel an echo of that thrill when I dust them, even now.
    The second gift I remember was a Flintstones Annual that was given me by an aunt and cousins one year. We weren’t allowed comics, but this was a gift and so had to be permitted. Ah, the thrill of the forbidden…

    Reply
  8. Lovely post, and now I think you ought to write a western, Cara.
    I don’t remember many of my Christmas presents – being a Capricorn, Christmas and birthday presents were often combined — but I do remember one gift in particular that my dad gave me for Christmas when I was eleven.
    It was a beautiful pair of black and white marble bookends, carved in the shape of two horse heads. I remember being thrilled because they were such a grown-up present and combined my twin passions of horses and books. I still have them, and still feel an echo of that thrill when I dust them, even now.
    The second gift I remember was a Flintstones Annual that was given me by an aunt and cousins one year. We weren’t allowed comics, but this was a gift and so had to be permitted. Ah, the thrill of the forbidden…

    Reply
  9. Lovely post, and now I think you ought to write a western, Cara.
    I don’t remember many of my Christmas presents – being a Capricorn, Christmas and birthday presents were often combined — but I do remember one gift in particular that my dad gave me for Christmas when I was eleven.
    It was a beautiful pair of black and white marble bookends, carved in the shape of two horse heads. I remember being thrilled because they were such a grown-up present and combined my twin passions of horses and books. I still have them, and still feel an echo of that thrill when I dust them, even now.
    The second gift I remember was a Flintstones Annual that was given me by an aunt and cousins one year. We weren’t allowed comics, but this was a gift and so had to be permitted. Ah, the thrill of the forbidden…

    Reply
  10. Lovely post, and now I think you ought to write a western, Cara.
    I don’t remember many of my Christmas presents – being a Capricorn, Christmas and birthday presents were often combined — but I do remember one gift in particular that my dad gave me for Christmas when I was eleven.
    It was a beautiful pair of black and white marble bookends, carved in the shape of two horse heads. I remember being thrilled because they were such a grown-up present and combined my twin passions of horses and books. I still have them, and still feel an echo of that thrill when I dust them, even now.
    The second gift I remember was a Flintstones Annual that was given me by an aunt and cousins one year. We weren’t allowed comics, but this was a gift and so had to be permitted. Ah, the thrill of the forbidden…

    Reply
  11. Thanks for sharing, Virginia. How fun that you still have the oven and cookbook!
    I’ve come to love cooking too, but didn’t get the inspiration from childhood. My mother, who was very creative in other things, considered cooking a waste of precious time. She had a few standard, simple recipes . . . so gourmet meals were not on the table much. I’m not sure why I came to love creating in the kitchen, but I do. Cookbooks are now a favorite gift.

    Reply
  12. Thanks for sharing, Virginia. How fun that you still have the oven and cookbook!
    I’ve come to love cooking too, but didn’t get the inspiration from childhood. My mother, who was very creative in other things, considered cooking a waste of precious time. She had a few standard, simple recipes . . . so gourmet meals were not on the table much. I’m not sure why I came to love creating in the kitchen, but I do. Cookbooks are now a favorite gift.

    Reply
  13. Thanks for sharing, Virginia. How fun that you still have the oven and cookbook!
    I’ve come to love cooking too, but didn’t get the inspiration from childhood. My mother, who was very creative in other things, considered cooking a waste of precious time. She had a few standard, simple recipes . . . so gourmet meals were not on the table much. I’m not sure why I came to love creating in the kitchen, but I do. Cookbooks are now a favorite gift.

    Reply
  14. Thanks for sharing, Virginia. How fun that you still have the oven and cookbook!
    I’ve come to love cooking too, but didn’t get the inspiration from childhood. My mother, who was very creative in other things, considered cooking a waste of precious time. She had a few standard, simple recipes . . . so gourmet meals were not on the table much. I’m not sure why I came to love creating in the kitchen, but I do. Cookbooks are now a favorite gift.

    Reply
  15. Thanks for sharing, Virginia. How fun that you still have the oven and cookbook!
    I’ve come to love cooking too, but didn’t get the inspiration from childhood. My mother, who was very creative in other things, considered cooking a waste of precious time. She had a few standard, simple recipes . . . so gourmet meals were not on the table much. I’m not sure why I came to love creating in the kitchen, but I do. Cookbooks are now a favorite gift.

    Reply
  16. Oh, Anne, I’ve always felt sympathy for “Christmas” children—growing up it must feel VERY unfair to feel sleighted in getting presents.
    I love the horse head bookends story. Feeling suddenly “grown-up” is one of those moments that one remembers, isn’t it? How very wonderful that your father picked something so meaningful for you, and that you still have it.

    Reply
  17. Oh, Anne, I’ve always felt sympathy for “Christmas” children—growing up it must feel VERY unfair to feel sleighted in getting presents.
    I love the horse head bookends story. Feeling suddenly “grown-up” is one of those moments that one remembers, isn’t it? How very wonderful that your father picked something so meaningful for you, and that you still have it.

    Reply
  18. Oh, Anne, I’ve always felt sympathy for “Christmas” children—growing up it must feel VERY unfair to feel sleighted in getting presents.
    I love the horse head bookends story. Feeling suddenly “grown-up” is one of those moments that one remembers, isn’t it? How very wonderful that your father picked something so meaningful for you, and that you still have it.

    Reply
  19. Oh, Anne, I’ve always felt sympathy for “Christmas” children—growing up it must feel VERY unfair to feel sleighted in getting presents.
    I love the horse head bookends story. Feeling suddenly “grown-up” is one of those moments that one remembers, isn’t it? How very wonderful that your father picked something so meaningful for you, and that you still have it.

    Reply
  20. Oh, Anne, I’ve always felt sympathy for “Christmas” children—growing up it must feel VERY unfair to feel sleighted in getting presents.
    I love the horse head bookends story. Feeling suddenly “grown-up” is one of those moments that one remembers, isn’t it? How very wonderful that your father picked something so meaningful for you, and that you still have it.

    Reply
  21. What a darling photo, Cara! Thanks for sharing.
    I very much remember my Easy Bake Oven. It was so fun to make little cakes and tiny cookies in it.
    My most memorable gift (when I was 3) was a tiny, perfect doll with bright blue eyes and a button-like nose. She cried and was soft….My baby sister Kristine, born 3 days before Christmas. 🙂

    Reply
  22. What a darling photo, Cara! Thanks for sharing.
    I very much remember my Easy Bake Oven. It was so fun to make little cakes and tiny cookies in it.
    My most memorable gift (when I was 3) was a tiny, perfect doll with bright blue eyes and a button-like nose. She cried and was soft….My baby sister Kristine, born 3 days before Christmas. 🙂

    Reply
  23. What a darling photo, Cara! Thanks for sharing.
    I very much remember my Easy Bake Oven. It was so fun to make little cakes and tiny cookies in it.
    My most memorable gift (when I was 3) was a tiny, perfect doll with bright blue eyes and a button-like nose. She cried and was soft….My baby sister Kristine, born 3 days before Christmas. 🙂

    Reply
  24. What a darling photo, Cara! Thanks for sharing.
    I very much remember my Easy Bake Oven. It was so fun to make little cakes and tiny cookies in it.
    My most memorable gift (when I was 3) was a tiny, perfect doll with bright blue eyes and a button-like nose. She cried and was soft….My baby sister Kristine, born 3 days before Christmas. 🙂

    Reply
  25. What a darling photo, Cara! Thanks for sharing.
    I very much remember my Easy Bake Oven. It was so fun to make little cakes and tiny cookies in it.
    My most memorable gift (when I was 3) was a tiny, perfect doll with bright blue eyes and a button-like nose. She cried and was soft….My baby sister Kristine, born 3 days before Christmas. 🙂

    Reply
  26. As the family watched the grands open gifts that included books and board games, my sister and I shared our memories of opening the same kind of gifts when we were their ages. Those gifts seem to be family traditions. But my most memorable gift was the blackboard and chalk I received my sixth Christmas. Since I came home from school every day and taught my three-year-old sister whatever I had been taught that day, I really needed those teaching materials. 🙂
    My sister was reading before she turned four, and I had begun a teaching “career” that has endured in some form from my sixth year to the present.

    Reply
  27. As the family watched the grands open gifts that included books and board games, my sister and I shared our memories of opening the same kind of gifts when we were their ages. Those gifts seem to be family traditions. But my most memorable gift was the blackboard and chalk I received my sixth Christmas. Since I came home from school every day and taught my three-year-old sister whatever I had been taught that day, I really needed those teaching materials. 🙂
    My sister was reading before she turned four, and I had begun a teaching “career” that has endured in some form from my sixth year to the present.

    Reply
  28. As the family watched the grands open gifts that included books and board games, my sister and I shared our memories of opening the same kind of gifts when we were their ages. Those gifts seem to be family traditions. But my most memorable gift was the blackboard and chalk I received my sixth Christmas. Since I came home from school every day and taught my three-year-old sister whatever I had been taught that day, I really needed those teaching materials. 🙂
    My sister was reading before she turned four, and I had begun a teaching “career” that has endured in some form from my sixth year to the present.

    Reply
  29. As the family watched the grands open gifts that included books and board games, my sister and I shared our memories of opening the same kind of gifts when we were their ages. Those gifts seem to be family traditions. But my most memorable gift was the blackboard and chalk I received my sixth Christmas. Since I came home from school every day and taught my three-year-old sister whatever I had been taught that day, I really needed those teaching materials. 🙂
    My sister was reading before she turned four, and I had begun a teaching “career” that has endured in some form from my sixth year to the present.

    Reply
  30. As the family watched the grands open gifts that included books and board games, my sister and I shared our memories of opening the same kind of gifts when we were their ages. Those gifts seem to be family traditions. But my most memorable gift was the blackboard and chalk I received my sixth Christmas. Since I came home from school every day and taught my three-year-old sister whatever I had been taught that day, I really needed those teaching materials. 🙂
    My sister was reading before she turned four, and I had begun a teaching “career” that has endured in some form from my sixth year to the present.

    Reply
  31. Lovely post, Cara/Andrea – especially the pictures. I particularly like the horse by the fence with the sun shining down from a corner. Somehow it’s atmospheric of the great outdoors.
    My idea of heaven at Christmas was to receive a pile of book tokens. The pleasures of anticipating which books I’d choose was almost as great as actually getting them!
    I wish everyone all the best for 2011.

    Reply
  32. Lovely post, Cara/Andrea – especially the pictures. I particularly like the horse by the fence with the sun shining down from a corner. Somehow it’s atmospheric of the great outdoors.
    My idea of heaven at Christmas was to receive a pile of book tokens. The pleasures of anticipating which books I’d choose was almost as great as actually getting them!
    I wish everyone all the best for 2011.

    Reply
  33. Lovely post, Cara/Andrea – especially the pictures. I particularly like the horse by the fence with the sun shining down from a corner. Somehow it’s atmospheric of the great outdoors.
    My idea of heaven at Christmas was to receive a pile of book tokens. The pleasures of anticipating which books I’d choose was almost as great as actually getting them!
    I wish everyone all the best for 2011.

    Reply
  34. Lovely post, Cara/Andrea – especially the pictures. I particularly like the horse by the fence with the sun shining down from a corner. Somehow it’s atmospheric of the great outdoors.
    My idea of heaven at Christmas was to receive a pile of book tokens. The pleasures of anticipating which books I’d choose was almost as great as actually getting them!
    I wish everyone all the best for 2011.

    Reply
  35. Lovely post, Cara/Andrea – especially the pictures. I particularly like the horse by the fence with the sun shining down from a corner. Somehow it’s atmospheric of the great outdoors.
    My idea of heaven at Christmas was to receive a pile of book tokens. The pleasures of anticipating which books I’d choose was almost as great as actually getting them!
    I wish everyone all the best for 2011.

    Reply
  36. I loved the post and photo Cara.
    One of the best presents I ever got was a puppy dog when I was about 8 I think and I named him Sooty and since then (and it is a long time) I have never been without a pet dog maybe that was the start of something LOL
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  37. I loved the post and photo Cara.
    One of the best presents I ever got was a puppy dog when I was about 8 I think and I named him Sooty and since then (and it is a long time) I have never been without a pet dog maybe that was the start of something LOL
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  38. I loved the post and photo Cara.
    One of the best presents I ever got was a puppy dog when I was about 8 I think and I named him Sooty and since then (and it is a long time) I have never been without a pet dog maybe that was the start of something LOL
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  39. I loved the post and photo Cara.
    One of the best presents I ever got was a puppy dog when I was about 8 I think and I named him Sooty and since then (and it is a long time) I have never been without a pet dog maybe that was the start of something LOL
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  40. I loved the post and photo Cara.
    One of the best presents I ever got was a puppy dog when I was about 8 I think and I named him Sooty and since then (and it is a long time) I have never been without a pet dog maybe that was the start of something LOL
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  41. I must have been nine or ten. All I wanted for Christmas was the latest book by Trave/Adventurer writer Richard Halliburton. I received it. Enjoyed reading it.
    Still have it.

    Reply
  42. I must have been nine or ten. All I wanted for Christmas was the latest book by Trave/Adventurer writer Richard Halliburton. I received it. Enjoyed reading it.
    Still have it.

    Reply
  43. I must have been nine or ten. All I wanted for Christmas was the latest book by Trave/Adventurer writer Richard Halliburton. I received it. Enjoyed reading it.
    Still have it.

    Reply
  44. I must have been nine or ten. All I wanted for Christmas was the latest book by Trave/Adventurer writer Richard Halliburton. I received it. Enjoyed reading it.
    Still have it.

    Reply
  45. I must have been nine or ten. All I wanted for Christmas was the latest book by Trave/Adventurer writer Richard Halliburton. I received it. Enjoyed reading it.
    Still have it.

    Reply
  46. Louis, some of my favorite books are travel/adventure. I remember getting a book on Jacques Cousteau and his underwater explorations, and to this day, I am fascinated by books and documentary films on sea life.
    I also love the travel books of Eric Newby and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

    Reply
  47. Louis, some of my favorite books are travel/adventure. I remember getting a book on Jacques Cousteau and his underwater explorations, and to this day, I am fascinated by books and documentary films on sea life.
    I also love the travel books of Eric Newby and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

    Reply
  48. Louis, some of my favorite books are travel/adventure. I remember getting a book on Jacques Cousteau and his underwater explorations, and to this day, I am fascinated by books and documentary films on sea life.
    I also love the travel books of Eric Newby and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

    Reply
  49. Louis, some of my favorite books are travel/adventure. I remember getting a book on Jacques Cousteau and his underwater explorations, and to this day, I am fascinated by books and documentary films on sea life.
    I also love the travel books of Eric Newby and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

    Reply
  50. Louis, some of my favorite books are travel/adventure. I remember getting a book on Jacques Cousteau and his underwater explorations, and to this day, I am fascinated by books and documentary films on sea life.
    I also love the travel books of Eric Newby and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

    Reply
  51. Louis, I have to comment on your post — my mother loved Richard Halliburton’s books, too. I’m convinced that’s why we travelled so much when I was a child. She kept hers, too, through many moves.

    Reply
  52. Louis, I have to comment on your post — my mother loved Richard Halliburton’s books, too. I’m convinced that’s why we travelled so much when I was a child. She kept hers, too, through many moves.

    Reply
  53. Louis, I have to comment on your post — my mother loved Richard Halliburton’s books, too. I’m convinced that’s why we travelled so much when I was a child. She kept hers, too, through many moves.

    Reply
  54. Louis, I have to comment on your post — my mother loved Richard Halliburton’s books, too. I’m convinced that’s why we travelled so much when I was a child. She kept hers, too, through many moves.

    Reply
  55. Louis, I have to comment on your post — my mother loved Richard Halliburton’s books, too. I’m convinced that’s why we travelled so much when I was a child. She kept hers, too, through many moves.

    Reply
  56. Does it sound silly to say one of the most memorable gifts for me was my industrial Kitchen Aide Mixer? I could rarely put together enough at one time to buy something that expensive (my girls were younger then. now it’s different! ;o) ) and the only way I managed to get things like that was asking only for that and then waiting to see if everyone would pool their money. I’d gotten so tired of mixing everything by hand because my two little hand mixers had burned out. I was thrilled when I tried to pick the box up and realized what had to be wrapped inside.
    So, that said, I’ve learned my lesson and now I ask for things like that. Things I need, that make my life easier but that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself.
    Oh yeah…and my engagement ring! But that was a long time ago… ;op

    Reply
  57. Does it sound silly to say one of the most memorable gifts for me was my industrial Kitchen Aide Mixer? I could rarely put together enough at one time to buy something that expensive (my girls were younger then. now it’s different! ;o) ) and the only way I managed to get things like that was asking only for that and then waiting to see if everyone would pool their money. I’d gotten so tired of mixing everything by hand because my two little hand mixers had burned out. I was thrilled when I tried to pick the box up and realized what had to be wrapped inside.
    So, that said, I’ve learned my lesson and now I ask for things like that. Things I need, that make my life easier but that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself.
    Oh yeah…and my engagement ring! But that was a long time ago… ;op

    Reply
  58. Does it sound silly to say one of the most memorable gifts for me was my industrial Kitchen Aide Mixer? I could rarely put together enough at one time to buy something that expensive (my girls were younger then. now it’s different! ;o) ) and the only way I managed to get things like that was asking only for that and then waiting to see if everyone would pool their money. I’d gotten so tired of mixing everything by hand because my two little hand mixers had burned out. I was thrilled when I tried to pick the box up and realized what had to be wrapped inside.
    So, that said, I’ve learned my lesson and now I ask for things like that. Things I need, that make my life easier but that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself.
    Oh yeah…and my engagement ring! But that was a long time ago… ;op

    Reply
  59. Does it sound silly to say one of the most memorable gifts for me was my industrial Kitchen Aide Mixer? I could rarely put together enough at one time to buy something that expensive (my girls were younger then. now it’s different! ;o) ) and the only way I managed to get things like that was asking only for that and then waiting to see if everyone would pool their money. I’d gotten so tired of mixing everything by hand because my two little hand mixers had burned out. I was thrilled when I tried to pick the box up and realized what had to be wrapped inside.
    So, that said, I’ve learned my lesson and now I ask for things like that. Things I need, that make my life easier but that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself.
    Oh yeah…and my engagement ring! But that was a long time ago… ;op

    Reply
  60. Does it sound silly to say one of the most memorable gifts for me was my industrial Kitchen Aide Mixer? I could rarely put together enough at one time to buy something that expensive (my girls were younger then. now it’s different! ;o) ) and the only way I managed to get things like that was asking only for that and then waiting to see if everyone would pool their money. I’d gotten so tired of mixing everything by hand because my two little hand mixers had burned out. I was thrilled when I tried to pick the box up and realized what had to be wrapped inside.
    So, that said, I’ve learned my lesson and now I ask for things like that. Things I need, that make my life easier but that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself.
    Oh yeah…and my engagement ring! But that was a long time ago… ;op

    Reply
  61. Theo, I think a Kitchen Aide mixer sounds like a VERY memorable gift~ Making life easier is important, and the fact that you wouldn’t treat yourself to such an expensive item makes it extra special. No wonder it sent a thrill down your spine. (And hey, the engagement ring certainly counts as a gift that changed your life )

    Reply
  62. Theo, I think a Kitchen Aide mixer sounds like a VERY memorable gift~ Making life easier is important, and the fact that you wouldn’t treat yourself to such an expensive item makes it extra special. No wonder it sent a thrill down your spine. (And hey, the engagement ring certainly counts as a gift that changed your life )

    Reply
  63. Theo, I think a Kitchen Aide mixer sounds like a VERY memorable gift~ Making life easier is important, and the fact that you wouldn’t treat yourself to such an expensive item makes it extra special. No wonder it sent a thrill down your spine. (And hey, the engagement ring certainly counts as a gift that changed your life )

    Reply
  64. Theo, I think a Kitchen Aide mixer sounds like a VERY memorable gift~ Making life easier is important, and the fact that you wouldn’t treat yourself to such an expensive item makes it extra special. No wonder it sent a thrill down your spine. (And hey, the engagement ring certainly counts as a gift that changed your life )

    Reply
  65. Theo, I think a Kitchen Aide mixer sounds like a VERY memorable gift~ Making life easier is important, and the fact that you wouldn’t treat yourself to such an expensive item makes it extra special. No wonder it sent a thrill down your spine. (And hey, the engagement ring certainly counts as a gift that changed your life )

    Reply
  66. great story. it’s great when parents are able to make their kids so happy on Christmas morning (I agree it was always magical when I was young too). I’m sure they didn’t plan on it doing anymore than making you happy then, but luckily for you it was a happy that lasted for a long time and kept on creating happy moments. 🙂

    Reply
  67. great story. it’s great when parents are able to make their kids so happy on Christmas morning (I agree it was always magical when I was young too). I’m sure they didn’t plan on it doing anymore than making you happy then, but luckily for you it was a happy that lasted for a long time and kept on creating happy moments. 🙂

    Reply
  68. great story. it’s great when parents are able to make their kids so happy on Christmas morning (I agree it was always magical when I was young too). I’m sure they didn’t plan on it doing anymore than making you happy then, but luckily for you it was a happy that lasted for a long time and kept on creating happy moments. 🙂

    Reply
  69. great story. it’s great when parents are able to make their kids so happy on Christmas morning (I agree it was always magical when I was young too). I’m sure they didn’t plan on it doing anymore than making you happy then, but luckily for you it was a happy that lasted for a long time and kept on creating happy moments. 🙂

    Reply
  70. great story. it’s great when parents are able to make their kids so happy on Christmas morning (I agree it was always magical when I was young too). I’m sure they didn’t plan on it doing anymore than making you happy then, but luckily for you it was a happy that lasted for a long time and kept on creating happy moments. 🙂

    Reply

Leave a Comment