When I was a child, we drew names for Christmas in our family. We only had to get a gift for that person, but we could get others if we would like. On Christmas Eve, we each got to open the gift from the person who drew our name. As we grew up and left home, drawing names became logistically challenging, so we just set up a system that for any given year, you have the person just younger than the person you had last year. If you had the youngest last year, then you have Dad this year.
Anyway, this year my sister Shaunda, just younger than me, has my name. She sent me a package that arrived December 1 with instructions to open it when it came. I Skyped with her and her family while I opened it. She and her sweet family have given me a gift to open for every day between Dec 1 and Dec 25, with each one labeled on the day it was to be opened.
Here are the daily gifts thus far--I am totally loving this! It gives me something to look forward to each day.
December 1: A recent picture of her family, and a personalized recording greeting message, along with popcorn and hot chocolate. Going to break out the hot chocolate tonight (see December 7)
December 2: Lifesavers
December 3 and 6:
letters from a niece and nephew
December 4: colored pens and notepads
December 5: Christmas socks
December 7: Marshmallows and cranberries to string during the First Presidency Christmas devotional tonight. Will pull out the hot chocolate and break out the Christmas socks too!
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