The Best Christmas Gift I Ever Got from My Child
Attention moms: This is a post you're going to want to share, forward, copy and paste. You see, right about now, plenty of little kids are wondering: What's in Mom's letter to Santa? And, well, bigger ones are pondering which treasured item Mom secretly hopes to find wrapped under the tree, too. Contrary to all the commercials on endless repeat for the rest of December, you told us it's not really diamond earrings or a luxury car. (Although we must admit those would make pretty fabulous holiday gifts. And if anyone out there has already put in an order for the VERY BIG BOW, don't cancel it on our account.) So what does Mom really want? Hundreds of them wrote in to tell us about the best present they ever received from their kid. The overwhelming majority of these gifts didn't come in a box. The presence of loved ones was especially treasured, as were things like having an argument-free day. There were also a few items created, coordinated or purchased by their kids that were big hits. So without further ado, here are the gifts that were a huge hit: 1. HANDCRAFTED MASTERPIECES "My daughter made a heart on canvas with pictures of our family." —Annette S. "Twelve handmade coupons from my adult son promising one day/afternoon together each month, just the two of us." —Linda S. "A hand-painted Santa egg by my son who is 28 and has been creating one each year for 12 years. I treasure each one." —Janice W. "The rocking chair I rocked all my kids in—refurbished. Such a special gift!" —Millie U. "Our son passed away in April 2008 at the age of 16, and my daughter had a memory book made for us by having different family members and friends email her a memory of him. Priceless!" —Michelle T. 2. A HELPING HAND "They decorated my tree, put up my lights and cleaned my home for Christmas." —Pearl M. "An IOU for keeping his room clean for a year!” —Sharon K. "I was sick for the week leading up to Christmas, and my two daughters planned and prepared the whole Christmas meal. My sons cleaned up afterward. All I had to do was come to the table and then go back to my room. I was never so grateful for their help. I didn't even know they knew how to do it. They even baked the pies!" —Ginny S. 3. TREASURED ITEMS “Nail polish in my favorite colors.” —Linda M. "Some of my favorite perfume." —Petra M. "A really soft throw blanket with a tiger on it. Tigers are my favorite animal." —Robin N. 4. A LATE START "Waiting until 8:30 a.m. before coming out [of the bedroom]. Yay!" —Heidi C. "She slept in. First time in 11 years I've gotten a shower in before opening gifts" —Leeann A. "A sleep-in. Our five kids all decided to sleep in Christmas day and we had to wake them up." —Kylie B. 5. A SHOW OF SUPPORT "My eyesight. They paid for me to have cataracts removed." —Donna C. "I'm going through chemo for breast cancer, and when I walked into my daughter's house for Christmas dinner, everyone had on pink kerchiefs!" —Anita K. "I was crying because I couldn't afford to get them a whole lot. My 10-year-old son was in the room and asked me why I was crying. I told him I was afraid he and his sister would be disappointed with their gifts. He said, 'It's okay, Mom. That's not what Christmas is about! Anything you got we'll be happy with!' That made me so happy and relieved! It was the best gift I could have ever been given!" —Allison B.