At the risk of waxing nostalgic, this season always reminds me of my childhood. Maybe because I’ve never outgrown my enthusiasm for the season. The brightly colored packages, the element of surprise, the sparkly tree, the holiday music and the family gatherings. All figure strongly in my memories. Perhaps that’s why I always tried to make the holiday special for my own children.
And yes, ‘special’ is often synonymous with getting that one perfect gift–the one that’s going to make someone’s eyes light up in delight and surprise. It’s not enough to buy them what they want and ask for–it’s about finding that one thing they *didn’t* ask for but will be absolutely perfect for them. I find that I can’t get enthused about the present unwrapping unless I have something for each of my kids that I’m thoroughly excited to give them.
I realize that I’m setting myself up. I mean, how often can we get that one special gift for every member of our family? But every year I still try because that’s part of the joy I get from the season 🙂 ‘Perfect’ gifts I recall getting as a child were a large stuffed bear that I hadn’t asked for but played with for years; a complete set of Louisa May Alcott’s works in hardcover; and hot rollers. Trust me, they were new and quite the item <g>, although alas, they had little impact on my long straight hair.
A couple years ago we happened upon those ‘perfect’ gifts for my oldest grandsons, two and three at the time. They were vintage pedal cars in bright yellow and red. I’ll never forget the look on my oldest grandson’s face when he walked into the room and saw them. That expression–the shock, the wonder and sheer joy is what keeps me searching year after year for that perfect gift–just to experience it all over again.
What about you? What are the perfect gifts from your past? Do you have any gifts you are particularly excited to give this year? I have a $15 gift certificate for one lucky commenter today! Remember, the giveaway lasts until the new year!