Growing up in a small town in Southern New Jersey

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas presents

My husband has always -- well almost always -- given me the most wonderful Christmas presents.

The first year he was back from Kenya, he bought out the store and gave me so many wonderful things -- a new coat, a sweater, several pieces of jewelry, and some gloves -- fur lined. He over-spent, and was a little short for second semester at Rutgers that year.

Then, a bad gift year, was the first Christmas after we were married. I, of course, was wanting something romantic. He got me a trash can with matching bread box and a vacuum cleaner. Now, we really needed these things, but I did not consider them good Christmas presents because they were needs not wants.

But after my sulk that Christmas, he got the message. After that year, most of my gifts were jewelry, because I love jewelry, especially sterling silver. And now, it's time for me to pass on those gifts so lovingly given to me to my children and grandchildren, which is a tradition I started several years ago.

Now Alan doesn't like Christmas. Except for what he has given me over the years, he's very much like Scrooge and has a real bah-humbug attitude about it

Well, this year he gave me The Complete Jane Austin -- hard bound with gold leaf printing and on the page edges. I have started the first one -- Sense and Sensibility -- but didn't get too far because frankly I had too much else to do today.

So, I wanted to let you know what my great present was this year. And believe me, I really, really wanted that set. I love Jane Austin.



Amy said...

I haven't had time to read blogs for awhile so I'm catching up today. I totally didn't know you already got a copy of Jane Austin. I'm so sorry!!! Now you have two. Would you like me to return the copy we gave you and get you another book instead? I feel bad duplicating a present!

Judi Hahn said...

Nah, dad is going to return the book set and I'll have all that money to buy some other books. Don't worry about it. I like the volume you got me and it doesn't take up as much shelf space as the 6-volume set.