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--I am totally loving this! It gives me something to look forward to each day. Now that it is over, I am going to miss it. It has been such a wonderful December. I really appreciated learning about some of her family's traditions and her sharing them with me. My favorites were the letters.
December 1: A recent picture of her family, and a personalized recording greeting message, along with popcorn and hot chocolate. Broke out the hot chocolate on 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!
(added later)--the finished product
December 8: Going to make cookies this weekend!
December 9: Emergency stuff always comes in handy. Will go in my car for these cold New England winters.
December 10: letter from my niece who loves sports. The card is a baseball. On the other side she wrote a sweet note and drew a basketball, a soccer ball, a football and a lacrosse ball and net, along with a baseball diamond.
December 11: Louisiana spice!
December 12: letter from a niece
December 13: 2 containers of hand lotion. The other is my favorite (vanilla lavender) and is already in use
December 14: This came with an email with a link to many Christmas stories
December 15: I thoroughly enjoyed the hot chocolate and doughnut
December 16: letter from a a nephew
December 17: Goodies to ring in the New Year
December 18: Letter from a niece
December 19: cute book for appetizer recipes. I never know what to bring either, so this will be very handy
December 20: letter from my brother-in-law
December 21: A really good Christmas movie
December 22: I love to share my love of sports with this family
December 23: These will come in handy for my thesis!
December 24: Letter from my sister with this picture of us at Christmas many years ago. She was even smiling in this picture. I love this picture too. Shaunda is just 18 months younger than me and we have lots of excellent memories of time spent together
December 25: Cards from my sister and her husband and my nieces and nephews, and some cash.