Best Christmas Gifts Ever Received

by Lesley on December 23, 2008 · 3 comments

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Best Christmas Gifts Ever Received
Driveway Tetherball: In third grade, my parents recognized that I’d taken no interest (and had no skill) in any sport other than Tetherball. I was the queen of the Culverdale tetherball court, likely because I stood two feet higher than all the other little boys and girls which made it easy for me to grab the ball. That Christmas I got a portable tetherball court for the driveway. When I wasn’t in my bean bag chair reading Babysitters Club, you could find me getting ready for my next match. I was so good that I could probably still beat any of you today. Yes, that’s a threat.
Kirsten, the American Girl doll: I received this mini-me doll in either first or second grade from my parents. I quickly gobbled down all of the six books in the Kirsten series, followed by Samanthan and Molly.

Huffy bike: Just when I was wondering if Santa existed, he delivered me a spackled pink and gray Huffy to ride to school. My next door neighborhood, Kat, got the same exact one. I was convinced Santa had mass produced these Huffy bikes for all the little girls, which bought another year of my belief in the jolly old man.

High school lettermans jacket: While I might have sat the bench more often than not, I still wanted to proudly display my high school letter. Christmas 1998 brought a letterman’s jacket that I wore with pride for an entire football season. It now sits in my closet in Irvine, waiting for my future children to use it for a Halloween costume someday.

Electric toothbrushes: Jonathan registered for electric toothbrushes when we got married. When he wasn’t paying attention, I took them off our registry. My Grandpa (the dentist) and Grandma pulled through two years ago. Our teeth have thanked us every since.

25-soon to be 26-silver bells: Every year my mom buys me a silver bell ornament. It was the least exciting gift. What 8 year old really cares about a silver bell that looks exactly like all the other ones she’s already gotten the last 7 years? Now, at 26, I’ve got a tree full of beautiful bells. I carefully unpack them each December, and think of my mom who knew that someday I would appreciate these lovely treasures. And, I do.

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Ann Sebek
Ann Sebek

So glad you love the silver bells...Me too!When you got married and left home, it was hard to see them go with you. Oh well, we still have Allison's angels for a bit longer....All these collection ideas, I got from my mother - so you can thank her too.

Brenda Susan
Brenda Susan

OH, the silver ball part really got to me. That was such a sweet & perfect thing to do! I am this year regretting that I never bought ornaments for my kids as they were growing up, so now at 22 & 26 they don't have any of their own, very sad. Oh well, maybe I can do it for future grandchildren!

Aly sun
Aly sun

Fun list! PS I am probably 2 feet taller than you now and you could still beat me at tetherball. I am terrified of that game. Perhaps if my parents would have bought me one of my own my childhood could have been very different. I also had a pink speckled Huffy bike in the 80s and it is on the top of my list for favorite gifts every received.