What were your favorite gifts, both to receive and to give?
Here is a brief summary of contributions from fellow bloggers and links to their individual posts:
See how Jessica's view of Christmas gifts is very simple as she gives to us Advent Meme Day 10: Christmas Gifts. Over at Jessica's Genejournal she says she likes history-related books not only to receive but to give as well.
Meanwhile over at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, we unwrap a post by Terry entitled December 10 - Christmas Gifts. He recalls the literary gifts he has given his family as well as the genealogy/family history community over the years.
Is there such a thing as a The Not So Perfect Gift? Chery presents her post at Nordic Blue which is a great story of ghastly gift-giving.
Janet presents us with Gift giving at Christmas posted at Janet the researcher. Hear about how she and her mother gave each other the same sweater one year and different methods of opening gifts on Christmas morning.
Lori drops a few hints as to what gifts she particularly likes in Christmas Gifts. At Smoky Mountain Family Historian, she also talks about the gifts she hands out each year to family members and friends.
Stephen brings back some great memories of toys gone by as he presents Christmas Gifts I Remember posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog. See if you remember most of the dolls, board games and other playthings.
In the same vein, Miriam presents Advent Memories No. 10: Christmas Gifts posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Wow - I just was talking about my "Spirograph" set as a kid the other night. See what other toys and books Miriam remembers from past Christmases.
I never knew that sometimes Santa leaves rainchecks. But Bill at West in New England knows all about it. In West in New England: CHRISTMAS GIFTS he recalls gifts he received as a child and the ones he gave to his family as he got older.
T.K. gives a gift in his post Does this belong under your tree? over at Before My Time. He shows us photos and letters from an estate sale purchase in Portland, Oregon and knows that these items belong under someone's tree this year.
There is a touching story entitled Day 15 -- Christmas Gifts at Genea-Musings. While Randy reminisces about Davy Crockett caps and Daisy BB guns of his youth, he says the greatest gift he ever received was one of realization: that he was ready to make a commitment to the woman he loved and who would later become his wife.
Jasia reminds us that "A kiss on the hand may be quite Continental, but diamonds are a girl's best friend" in My Favorite Christmas Gifts: One to Ride, One to Wear, One to Share. At Creative Gene she talks of horses, jewelry, gifts from family in Poland and more!
Becky shows off one of the largest Christmas presents ever to be seen as she presents A Christmas Gift to Remember at kinexxions. So what do you think it is? A horse? A car? Another box?
Usually a post from Colleen at The Oracle of OMcHodoy means you are in store for some fun and laughs. This time she doesn't disappoint in The Oracle of OMcHodoy: Advent Calendar December 10: The Funniest Gifts. See how her parents had a few tricks up their sleeves and tortured their children with a lack of gifts one Christmas.
Ever hear of Steal Bingo? Learn more as Apple presents Apple's Tree: Christmas Gifts posted at Apple's Tree. It sounds like a lot of fun to me!
With more great photos, Diane at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt' presents Christmas Gifts. From canned olives, to new books, to cheese for the family cat, she lists many fun gifts from years past.
Editor's Note: My apologies to Lisa for posting this wonderful story under yesterday's topic Holiday Parties. Lisa presents A ring, yellow roses & a Flying Cloud posted at 100 Years in America. Come read a beautiful story of a Christmas gift that blossomed into a romance and wedding the following year.
Finally, in Simple Gifts posted at Destination: Austin Family, you can hear me talk of gifts and the simple life.
Check back tomorrow for more submissions on the next topic: Holiday Travel