The Gift that Made Me Cry and Other Christmas Gifts This Year

Each year on the blog, I open up and share with you the gifts that were given to me at Christmas. When we are preparing and shopping for Christmas, I really don’t think much about what I’m getting, as I’m focused on getting the right things for others. Sure, we give each other (George and I) ideas and as we shop if we see something we needed or seems perfect, we’ll go ahead and get it and have the other wrap it. I often forget about it but on Christmas Eve, it hits me “hey I get some gifts tomorrow” and while I’m excited to remember what I got everyone else (ha), I am always surprised at how gleeful I am – like a child on Christmas Eve- that we get to open presents tomorrow. It hits me at the last minute as there is always so much to making a Christmas special for everyone.

I know some families quit the gift giving and donate to charities and if you do that, that is fine. Some draw names in big families and that is fine too. We have always chosen special gifts for each special person that are in our lives and close to us. And that is ok too.

My daughter gave us this wonderful print above, that she had made. How thoughtful of a gift was that? She knows how precious our fur babies have been in our lives and this print keeps them alive in our memories and I will cherish it forever. It made me cry when I opened it. Roger is “spot on” and with his tongue out, Maisy is too with her crossed legs, and Tugie with her tilted head, always understanding and learning language of everything you said. How precious!

How about this “Less Hustle, More Coffee” Notebook huh? I loved it! My first “merch” ha!

Here is “Little Bit” the cat, that I gave George, lol. It was actually “Merlin” ordered at Halloween. But it made George laugh when he saw him sticking out of his stocking, lol. Also notice the Coppola Wine, and olive oils.

Speaking of Little Bit, I had the joy of coming home yesterday a bit early and folding/stuffing checks at home and I let Little Bit in to hang out. He surprised me by sitting behind me on top of the chair, lol.

My stocking, was actually several stockings that George had found and stuffed a group of them together, lol. Lots of Reese’s!

You have to know that I have complained about scissors for like 2 years. None of them cut. So he bought me several, lol! And those stickers I picked out to decorate my planner with. Because the planner has become my Bible. I have since tried to convert to my phone but always come back to the planner b/c you can see the week laid out so much better.

So I bought George a charcuterie board – a very nice one and had bought him a “board” cookbook and he didn’t know that I had done that but he bought ME a board cookbook too, so that we could make some amazing boards when we have company. That was funny. Of course I already am using my iPhone but he wrapped the box up for me. I’d forgotten I picked a 2nd case. I will use the grey one and take it to Texas as the case is not as slick as the one I have now.

We had talked about more Nest cams the last two years. And he found these on sale and ran out to get them!

I’ve wanted the Rode microphone with fuzzy wind muff for a while. I’m anxious to see what it does for audio. We’ll do a test video soon.

Katy and I are big “Ree Drummond” Fans (Pioneer Woman) – you know she was/is a blogger too and that is how she got her start! She was among our circles of bloggers that everyone followed back in the day, telling tales of her days on the farm, her fur babes, kids, and what good meals she was cooking up that day for the cowboys (husband and kids and farm hands, cousins and crew). So her “easy cookbook” came out.

I also found this cute scarf of many colors and had George wrap it for me.

I have another desk calendar! This time it’s dogs! So we’ll have our daily dose of doggie. I usually post these on Facebook lol! Everyone looked forward to the daily calendar. And those packing cubes. I wanted those for our trips to separate out everything. I’m sure it’ll drive TSA crazy though and they’ll probably inspect my bag, lol – to which they will reward themselves by seeing big granny underwear and fuzzy socks.

I wanted Coppola Wines for Christmas. I love them. Or maybe I just love the fact that Nicolas Cage’s uncle owns the winery, lol. I’m a big Nick Cage fan! 😉 The wines, they have always been good.

Foodie gifts are always big in our family and George often will buy me special spaghetti sauces that we would not normally buy during the year. Little upgrades to the palate. We also got the “Illy” coffee which I’m anxious to try.

The gifts you see came from several people – not just George. But Aunt Martha, Katy and Cody, and so forth. Mom gave me $$.

I love hand soaps, and George will probably make us some crepes! Here is a Nonni mouse pad. 😉

So I gave George 3 timers knowing that we needed some more. Ours are old and broken and sad. But guess what. He also bought me 3 timers. Ha! So now we have 6 new ones.

WE also got some gift cards and cash! I didn’t take pics of those.

I am so grateful and blessed to be given thoughtful and personal gifts that mean so much. A lot of it is food and will be consumed. I guess I didn’t get a pic of all my scarves. Maybe I’ll go back and take a pic b/c I found these scarves in Asheville while shopping that were very pleasantly priced knitted scarves in solid colors. Very good quality and I bought them – oh wait – here’s the pic I just found it in the photos! I never see anything like this out. So I bought them and had George wrap them up. They are so basic but I thought they were also a little more elegant than what I normally see in the stores. I was shocked they were affordable!

Some of the gifts were for both George and I but if I was the one opening it – they ended up in my pile – some were food items like olive oil and aioli etc.

And if George opened any to the both of us, they are in his stack and I don’t usually take pics of his stack. So some could be missing from the pics. Sorry if I missed anything.

This is always a fun part of the year to me – putting up our gifts, and trying to work in all the food items, and rejuvenating our cooking impulses, giving us new ideas and writing upcoming meals on the board. I love putting up Christmas stuff and getting the house all clean and crisp for a nice January new year feel. I sometimes redecorate a little differently – moving things about the house and making it look a bit different. The cleaning out starts. We enjoy playing with and putting up our new presents and working them into our lives.

There is one gift not shown here and that is “Final Cut Pro”. When we get back from Texas and Quarter End processing is OVER (aka February) I will allow myself to download and upgrade! I’m a little nervous but very excited.

Also excited to do the new bucket list for 2022 Winter into Spring Season of “doing things”: things we want to do, places we want to visit, goals we want to achieve, etc.

So much fun and a favorite time of the year as reflect on the past one and begin the new one.

Ok so I better get out of here and head to work! Lots of fog out there today. I have not driven to work in the new location on a really foggy day – I go over a lake – so I’m a little nervous and hope it’s not too bad. I’m specifically going in a little later today. Maybe the sun will be up and less fog. Take care!

4 responses to “The Gift that Made Me Cry and Other Christmas Gifts This Year”

  1. Hi Sonya, what a wonderful lot of gifts you and George had. It’s nice of you to share everything with us…I just loved the picture of the dogs…I can just imagine how you felt I too would have been in tears……I was last year when my friend Helen painted a lovely one of my wee Maisy…Like you I had quite a few things for eating…at this moment Mary and I are having one of the lovely chocolates…soon to have a second ! That was amongst the many things that Peter gave me. Our main presents from Peter we won’t have till the end of March, he has booked to take us to the Theatre to see a Chinese Dance group it’s way up in Birmingham a three hour drive for him …we are excited about that. Also in January we are going to the Theatre in Bristol a present fromBeth and Max ….Well love hope the journey to work was not too bad and that you arrived safely and that your return will be equally uneventful. God Bless.

    • Ooh that will unique to see the Chinese dance group. This reminds me Katy gave George a beer trolley tour to go to several breweries- and it came with a ticket for me too. Ha. We are going to go but stay at hotel in case it’s too much. It seemed to be a lot of sampling lol 😂

  2. What a kind and thoughtful gift of your three pups. I remember you writing about Tugie.
    You got some neat things for Christmas. I like pioneer woman too. Everything I have bought of hers has been good.
    Santa was very good to you this year. I know you will look back as this Christmas being special because your little Roo got to be there with you guys.

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