When I was little, we used to always ask for one “big” gift, and then several other smaller gifts that we’d like to have. Our parents would then pass along the smaller gift list to other relatives who wanted ideas of what types of things we were interested in. It worked well for us, and I do the same for my children each holiday season. I have a few gifts that I received that were truly memorable. I remember getting my first Barbie doll, and then having an older girl I looked up to pass down her entire collection to me. I literally spent HOURS playing with those Barbie dolls, and the older ones were among my favorite and treasured items.
Another Christmas, I woke up to find my grandparents in the living room. My younger brother had asthma and had suffered an attack in the middle of the night. My parents had to rush him to the emergency room, and my grandparents came to stay with me. When I came into the living room, I was ecstatic to find a beautiful 3 story doll house waiting for me. I also loved the year that the Cabbage Patch Kids came out, in 1982! I can imagine my parents and grandparents hunting through store after store to find me the doll I really, really wanted. I don’t know what happened to the doll, but I DO still have the certificate that came with her. When we moved across the country, I saw it in a box!
As I got older, my gifts were more about clothes and things that teenagers like. I recall the year I got a combination record player and cassette tape player that held TWO tapes so you could record! I also remember the year my brother and I got our first television sets for our bedrooms!
I remember thinking it was so much fun to get up early and hit the sales on Black Friday. My grandmother liked to give us cash for our gifts, and we could go shopping for what we wanted. I’d spend hours scouring the sales at the mall to stretch those dollars as far as possible, and then wrap them and take them to her house at Christmas, and she’d be thrilled to watch me open them and see what goodies I’d found 🙂 Once I was in high school, and started working at the mall, the Black Friday sales took on another feeling. It’s considerably different when you are the salesperson working the sales, haha! I’d still go shopping after I got off work, to see what goodies I could find. Nowadays I prefer to do my Black Friday shopping online from the comfort of my home though 🙂
What is your favorite gift that you’ve ever received for the holidays?