What did you give and get for the holidays? What did you have to eat?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
December 26, 2008 6:58pm CST
My husband gave me a watch. I was sooo hoping for one. He made me a lap writing desk or a desk secretary that I can use in my lap. I got a DVD from my brother. I got chocolates, cookies, bridge mix (there is a pattern here)from my husband's wife. A loofa bath thing with a stick and on a string from another brother. A Lowe's gift card so I can spend more money. I got muffin pan and silicon muffin incerts from my sister in law's sister. My husband made my sister-n-law a rolling pin. He gave tools and a blue print in one of my brothers and tools to another brother. I gave cds and new spatula to my sister in law (She had wanted a new one). A sign language DVD to my sister in law's sister. Gift cards to my brothers and my hubbie. Made hats for as many people as I could. Never finished my weaving. But I will get back to it. It's taking way longer than I thought. Joint gifts from everyone was a new set of everyday 8 piece ware of knives, forks, spoons. Really, really needed them. This is just my family. Next week we go to see my husband's family. I'm working on some leather craft for his Mother. Maybe a hat for her or her son/my husband's brother. I have a video of old time country western famous singers-that's the only kind of music he likes. But he may have a video already because he collects stuff like that, so I need a back up like a hat or more leather stuff. So what did you give and get for the holidays? www.about.com has some wonderful blank certificates that you can write in something you're willing to do for someone. Like my brother could cut my hair and I could wash his car. So if you're not done with the holidays yet (Kwanzaa is just starting), you may want to check it out. Or if you have birthdays coming up, etc. But we cleaned and cooked so we also gave the gift of food. Sister-n-law's sister brought baked beans. My husband cooked in the oven (60 mile per hour winds, he couldn't grill). He made a potato salad, cooked country style beef spare ribs, salmon fish, and pork tenderloin. He also made a cake-walnut and apple. He bought diabetic blueberry pie. I bought pumpkin pie and made cottage cheese and fruit cocktail. We were given apples by the American Legion. Your turn. The greatest gift, of course, was the time we spent with each other. Take care.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
27 Dec 08
Hey, I got a watch too, from a friend who didn't know how much I needed one..For some reason my husband is not good at buying gifts, he had given me some candles and candy and later on a basket of vanilla bath stuff, but unfortunately it was my daughter who made me cry.. Yeah, embarrassing, but she had gotten me things I really wanted or needed..She got me a mixer and a robe with slipper socks. (when I opened the latter, that is when the tears started flowing..) My son also got me a candle..As for what I gave, that is a long list thanks to mylot..I started shopping months ago using mylot earnings and it was great..I got my daughter 2 DVD's and a book she had wanted, plus a beret and a couple of posters..My son got a cowboy hat, (my husband said he wouldn't be excited about that, boy was he wrong), a DVD, a light saber that has lights and sound..I am sure there are more things, but that is what comes to mind at the moment.. As for dinner, we had roast beast, (It was a beef roast, but we called it roast beast from the movie the Grinch, my 6 y/o loved thinking he was eating something from the movie), mash potatoes, (made with my brand new mixer..), gravy, green beans, corn, bread and of course Christmas cookies for dessert..
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Dec 08
That sounds absolutely wonderful. I love hearing about everyone's X-mas. Esp. the happy ones. I used my Mylot earnings for bills, but once I started subbing, I started using the earnings here to buy a couple of gifts. So happy I won the bid on the sign language tape. 300 signs are on it and some cultural things that people need to understand. It's a fun videotape. I think I will keep using the earnings here for presents. Then I can have a bunch for Christmas and birthdays. Never know when you'll need something to give to someone. Take care.
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@lvaldean (1612)
• United States
27 Dec 08
Lets see .... I am not sure who I gave this too but I think we all benefitted. To my dad and brother I gave a round trip airline ticket from Seoul, Korea to Austin, Texas so my younger brother could come home for Christmas + I paid for the hotel room they stayed in down in Houston so we could all be together at Christmas at my sisters for four days. That is in addition to paying for my own hotel room and the gas to drive down there. Do I sound resentful? A little bit but that is a different story. To my wonderful husband I gave the gift of music....three months of weekly piano lessons. He already plays by ear but he wants to learn to read music. He is a drummer and plays the keyboard and bass as well. He composes beautiful stuff but has wanted, for years to actually read music. So that is my gift to him. To my new grandson.....a fuzzy Panda Bear rocker. He won't be able to play with it yet but soon. Plus more clothes and cuddly crib toys. He is soooooo spoiled. To my youngest son and his wife. Amex gift cards. To my oldest son and his wife. Amex gift cards. To my mom. $100 Nordstrom gift card...her favorite thing. To my favorite niece. Five precious and semi-precious gemstones from my collection to make her first independent piece of jewelry with. She is studying art and jewelry making in University and has been apprenticing this year. Now she has the stones she needs to make her first peice, always one of the most expensives parts of the process. I let her pick from my collection without knowing she was picking. To my favorite charities (Doctors without Borders and St Judes $250 each) I got from my husband a bracelet and necklace with puffed hearts and rubies to match some earrings that I had bought for myself. I really love them they are awesome! From the unique gift giving with my family I snagged to great gifts....1000 Rings and a book on Gemstones. For myself I aggressively bid and won several auctions on Ebay of some loose gemstones to add to my collection. Finally, for myself I bought a new car (extravagant I know) but it is my first in 10 years and I deserved it.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 Dec 08
Wow! Wish I had money like that. Those gifts were amazing and well thought out. I'm sure they were all very much appreciated. They all sound incredible! Thanks you very much and take care. Happy New Year to you and yours.
@lvaldean (1612)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I was very fortunate this year in my contracts so I had some extra money at the end of the year. This is not always the case believe me. As an independent business owner there are often very lean Christmas times. While some of this may seem extravagant it isn't really. Some is really "free" or nearly so. Gift to my niece comes from my collection. Meaning something I already own. She got to pick from hundreds of gemstones in one of my lockboxes. She asked to see one of the boxes and so I brought one down at Christmas for her to paw through since she had never seen my collection of precious stones. It was a great way to gift her. The airline ticket was a cost but one that I paid for two months ago. The hotel was paid for with my points. Since I travel all the time I gather points and luckily had enough to pay for my brother and dads room for the week. Still had to pay for my own but still, theirs was essentially free. Ok, the gift cards aren't free but other than my Mom, they are each under $100. My grandson and his clothes and toys? I buy when I see something I love so we are talking expense spread out over time. I also buy for him to grow into! My husbands gift will be paid for as he uses it rather than up front. Really it isn't as expensive as it seems.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I'm earning points online for gift cards, so by next year, I hope to have some for my family that don't cost very much and for the cards we can't use, I can auction them on Ebay. I see that they were not as much monetarily as I originally thought. My Father owned a business and it really ranged what he had at the end of the year.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
27 Dec 08
I got a nice new digi camera from my hubby, a microwave from my mom, and a fancy coffee maker from my brother. some cash and some gift cards and pj's and a robe. . I just asked you to be my friend cause i see you around in other friends discussions please accept ;)
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Great gifts! I bet you'll enjoy them all. Just approved your friendship request. Thanks and take care.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
29 Dec 08
thank you
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
28 Dec 08
I got a gift certificate for our local mall, a picture frame viewer (have to get the memory card though), we got a coffee grinder, I got a Rachel Ray cookbook and a gift card for the local Mall. I gave my husband a DVd of the Second Season of Ironside, he got a gift card to Future Shop, he gave everyone money, I gave cookbooks to my daughter-in-law, and future daughter-in-law, gift cards to the rest, and Katie got lots of presents as well. We were just over for Christmas brunch so did not have the turkey and the trimmings. We went home and had macaroni casserole so it was not much of a Christmas. Oh Kwanzaa is not a real holiday it was invented in the nineteenth century to celebrate blackness.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Sounds like you received and gave very nice gifts. We don't have turkey and stuff like that for Christmas either, we just had them for Thanksgiving. The meal at Christmas is more about togetherness than the meal anyway. If you mean Kwanzaa is not a Holy Day, you're correct. It's not based on a religion. It is based on family, community, and culture. Each day emphasizes a something different: Unity Self-determination Collective Work and Responsibility Cooperative Economics Purpose Creativity Faith Take care and thanks for your response.
• Australia
27 Dec 08
Hey thanks for this question.... I got black porche car from my parents ... and i love it ....
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Welcome to Mylot. You must come from a family with serious $. We don't, obviously, but maybe some day. Take care and thanks for dropping by.
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
27 Dec 08
I received quite a few gifts this year - some things for the Wii, a purse, etc. My sisters and I try to keep our gifts to each other small, but my in-laws like to go all out - they're very fond of buying gifts.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Nice! Our small gifts, over time, seemed to multiply and get bigger. We're right-sizing them now. In-laws can be pretty neat like that, when they have the funds and the time. Take care and thanks for responding.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I give my kids a gift card...and two small gifts with it...I got a digital photo frame loaded with pictures of my family and set to music...New pots and pans....a wax warmer with a snowman on it...a new snowman with a saying on it....chocolates from Belguim.....and tons of things in my stocking including a little bag with a big bag in it for shopping so you don't need to get store bags....I love it. I had a wonderful Christmas. Two of my three kids were home and I found out the other one was going to come home but her mother in law is ill...so they stayed in Arizona. I made a big ham dinner...with chocolate pie for dessert....I still have tons of cookies left over. We are very lucky to have celebrated and recieved gifts like we did.....and were able to give like we did! Hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday season!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
29 Dec 08
That sounds wonderful and like you all had a great time. I would have been in heaven with the chocolates. Thank you very much and have a Happy New Year!
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I got the neatest sweatshirt from one of our kids. All the grandkids names are monogrammed on the front. The other two kids I haven't seen yet and my husband and I didn't exchange gifts. Neither of us really need anything but we did spend time eating out and relaxing at one of the local casinos together. We gave our three grown daughter's money which is what they wanted. They didn't want giftcards this year. Gee, wonder why...lol We had a great meal at my brother's house Christmas Eve which included turkey, ham and all the sides. We had dinner at a friend's house on Christmas Day which was amazing. It was wonderful and had more turkey and tons of side dishes. It's been a very pleasant holiday season but very cold as well.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 Dec 08
It wasn't cold, but crazy windy. Sounds like nice presents. Lots of thought, like the monogrammed sweatshirt. So you've got more Christmas to go. So do we. Thanks and take care.
@xtian04 (282)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
i gave money to my godchildren and i got two sets of boxers. :p
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 Dec 08
Nice and welcome to mylot. Take care.
• China
27 Dec 08
hmmm..sounds great to send present to others on the holidays. we seldom send presents to express our love toward eachother. i'll go to buy and send gift to crystal later on....thanks.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Dec 08
Great! Nice of you to join Mylot. Thanks for dropping by and take care.