Wednesday, November 24, 2010

12 Days Of Christmas Blog Challenge - Best Gifts

Today's 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Challenge is all about gifts - in particular, the best gifts you've ever received. 

It's honestly so hard for me to decide what the best gift I've ever received was - so I think I will go with a few of my favorites over the years:

My favorite early childhood gift would absolutely be the doll house I received.  I can't remember exactly how old I was, either 5 or 6 I believe.  This doll house was no ordinary doll house.  It wasn't the traditional plastic Barbie Dreamhouse.  It was a two-story, real wood doll house customized with real paint, wall paper & trim.  It stood almost as tall as I was.  I was so surprised when I came into the livingroom and found that Santa had left that beautiful house for me.

My favorite gift from my teen years would be the "Hope Chest" that my Nana and mom gave me.  It was a large cedar chest filled with items for my future: dishes, towels, bathroom accessories.  The idea was that we would purchase important items while I was in high school so when I "went out on my own" I would have everything I needed.  I still have the chest and it's currently holding all the important memorablia from our wedding, including my wedding gown.

My favorite gift from "adulthood" would be the National Championship Mark Ingram jersey that Steven gave me last year.  That may sound kind of crazy - but let me explain.  Some of my more recent followers may or may not know this, but I technically used to be an Auburn fan.  Read here for more details.  After announcing that I was going to make the switch to the "dark side" Steven made me go through a trial season as an Alabama fan.  I'm not kidding.  I had to prove that I was a fan worthy of supporting the Crimson Tide and that my loyalty would not waiver.  So last season was my "trial" period as a fan.  I think the trial period was somewhat in jest, but also somewhat earnest.  And I got it - so I played along.  I wanted to buy a jersey at the beginning of the season, but Steven said I had to wait.  So when I asked him for a jersey for Christmas, I truly wasn't sure if he would come through.  I was SHOCKED when he got me a 22 jersey with National Championship badge.  It was like an official acceptance into his club - and I loved it.  That jersey represents some of our best times together.  I love sharing his passion for the Crimson Tide and over the past two seasons I have grown to become an equally obsessed fan.  I will always keep that jersey.


Miss Chelsea said...

Hahah I love the jersey story!

ty said...

Hahahahaha awesome

Anonymous said...

I love that jersey story! So great!

Marian said...

Bahahahaha, that last gift is great!!

Natalie said...

I love the idea of a hope chest...what a great grandmother you must have! I sure could have used a collection of those things when I went off to college! :)

Tamara Nicole said...

The Hope Chest, what a great gift! I had one too, that my grandpa made:-)

Jessica said...

How funny! A trial to be a fan? Haha

Aly @ Analyze This said...


Soooo, are you upset that you went to the dark side seeing that Auburn is ranked #1 in the SEC?! (I think ... right!? Ha)

My heart is always with Bama ... ROLL TIDE!

Stacey said...

You do know that I painted that doll house, applied the wallpaper and I think that there was carpet!!
Hate to say it, but WAR EAGLE. I LOVE your daddy (Alabama fan), but I am true to my team!

Meg O. said...

It's wonderful how something as simple as a jersey is a favorite gift because of the meaning behind it! I love it!

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