I admit it: I love presents! Not just getting them (although I really do LOVE getting presents *g*) but giving them as well. I enjoy shopping for someone else, looking for that perfect (or as close to perfect) gift, the one that is thoughtful, that says I was thinking of you and thought you'd love this :-)
So, since I do love presents, and since I always get sentimental around the Holidays, I decided to take a trip back in time and blog about some of my favorite Christmas gifts.
My Little People Cabin. I loved Fisher Price's Little People and I spent hours playing with the A-frame cabin my aunt gave me one Christmas. It opens to reveal a large living area and a loft complete with bunk beds.
Weebol Wobbles truck with pop up camper. The truck was light blue and had seats that reminded me of a Deviled Egg tray for the Weebles to sit in.
Weebol Wobbles Disney Land (or World, I can't remember) The Weebles were Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Goofy and the set came with Cinderella's Castle and a few rides, such as a Merry Go Round.
Buffy. Nope, not the Vampire Slayer. My very first (and only) Cabbage Patch Doll. Okay, to be honest, Buffy's not a REAL Cabbage Patch Doll but a cloth version. A woman in our town began making them when the Cabbage Patch Craze hit and both of my sisters and I got one. I still have Buffy although I have to keep her hidden in a closet as the look of her freaks my youngest daughter out *g*
A cherry cradle. My father made one for each of his daughters and since it's the only thing he's ever made me, it has special meaning. All three of my kids slept in the cradle as newborns and I'm hoping my grandchildren will as well *g*
And last, but certainly not least, I have to add this year's gift from my husband. While I won't technically take possession of the gift until Christmas morning, it is already one of my favorites. This beautiful oak Dry Sink my husband made. Isn't he super talented?? :-)
Son -- Genesis video game system he got when he was about
Older daughter -- her Pikachu backpack (yes, Jo, I remember the Pokeman Craze well *g*) It didn't have Pikachu ON it, it was shaped like Pikachu. She couldn't fit much inside but she loved carrying it around :-)
Younger daughter -- As a two year old, she was scared to death of the Crawling Minnie Mouse she got from Santa but loved her brother's 2 foot tall walking, roaring T-Rex.
Husband -- He had a three-way tie between:
1. His Roy Rogers cowboy outfit, complete with hat, vest, gun holster and six shooters (I've been informed they used real leather back in those days because cowboys loved the smell of real leather)
2. A Shooting Gallery. A game where metal ducks go around and he shot at them. With a machine gun (he called it) that shot metal BBs. And not the little ones either, but LARGE BBs (what was his mother thinking??) He played with that toy so much, he shot the paint right off the ducks *g*
3. Rock Em Sock Em Robots. "I'll knock your block off!!"
What about you? What's your favorite Christmas gift? Or your most memorable? Heck, maybe even the most dangerous gift you received? (Anyone remember those metal lawn darts?) I'll pick my favorite out of the comments and the winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card :-)
Raspberry Cream-Cheese Bars
12 oz graham crackers (about 24 whole crackers) ground or finely crushed ( 2 3/4 cups crumbs)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 bricks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablspoons cornstarch
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam, melted
White chocolate, melted according to package directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix graham-cracker crumbs and butter until crumbs are moistened. Press over bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 12 minutes to set.
3. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in cornstarch, then eggs, salt and vanilla. Scrape into crust; smooth with rubber spatula. Drizzle with warm jam, then swirl with rubber spatula to marbelize.
4. Bake 25 minutes or until puffed. Cool in pan, then refrigerate at least 3 hours before cutting into 1 x 1 1/2-inch bars. Drizzle with melted white chocolate.