I did not get expensive presents this year – I got something much more special, I received gifts that were tailored to me, to who I am and what I like… It’s as if everyone understood me this year, and for that, I am exceedingly grateful.
I’m really quite stuck as to my favorite.
In the useful category, because my wife has one of those water warmers for tea that can make perfect, piping hot water in minutes, my French Coffee Press has been wonderful! As a coffeephile, I have enjoyed some of the best coffee I’ve tasted, ever, this weekend. I love my French coffee press (thanks Josie).
In the “my eleven year-old daughter truly gets her dad” category, and probably the gift that makes me feel the most “special”, Bella got me a Hamilton Beach breakfast sammich maker… The way I understood it, my wife and daughters were at Bed Bath and Beyond and Bella points it out to my wife and says, “we should get this for daddy”. A week later, shopping with my wife for my sister-in-law and I saw that very same display… I pointed out the same sammich maker to my wife and said something to the affect of, that’s the coolest thing ever. It was already tucked in the closet waiting to be wrapped. [ed. I misunderstood how this really went down… My wife was out shopping, she saw the sammich maker and called my daughter for her opinion. She told Mrs. Bgddy that she loved it and that she should buy it.]
Then my wife bought me the coat I’d wanted and also picked up a chain for my dog tags – one an AA circle and triangle and the second says “It is what it is” – one of my favorite refrains (my old chain had busted a year or two ago).
I had no expectations this Christmas. I was too focused on giving to worry about what I wanted… I ended up getting the best gift of all: My wife and daughters showed that they really “get” me. Coolest Christmas ever.