Gifts that make you smile, wonder and cry

Now that Christmas is over, New Year’s has passed, the wrapping paper thrown away, the ball dropped and most people have taken down their trees, it is time to review the holiday.

If you received gifts, what was your favorite gift? I’m curious and would love to hear from readers as to what their favorite gift was. Also, if you have children or grands, what was their favorite gift and what was worth the money and what was not? You can email me at doris@newsleadermail.com.

This year I think the hit toy with my grands was a riding toy called the Ziggle made by Radio Flyer. For less than $50, the toy looks like a big wheel but the frame is metal. The child’s feet prop up on the front bar which twists when pushed back and forth and the handlebars are pushed as well. Our grands from age 4 to 8 and all the neighborhood kids love this toy. They all take turns riding and spinning on it. It has been well worth the price and this gift made me smile...actually...we were all laughing at the antics of the children riding the Ziggle!

Perhaps the most disappointing toy was the Easy Bake Oven. Although very expensive, the quality of the machine was disappointing but the granddaughter still loves baking with it. This gift made me wonder why it had to be made so cheaply.

As an adult, I received three gifts that I love or think I will. I received a Silhouette Cameo which is a machine which cuts letters, shapes, etc. our of vinyl, paper or fabric. As a crafter, I know I am going to love this. This is definitely a smile.

Our daughter-in-law gave me another gift which touched my heart. It is a mug that says “9 reasons I love being a Grammy.” It then the names of all of our nine grandchildren. Yeah...I’m sentimental so this made me cry as I am so grateful that my daughter-in-law thought of such a touching gift.

Finally, Mr. Wonderful gave me a gift that I did not think would touch me as much as it did. He gave me a shopping trip for clothing. Due to my recent 91 pound weight loss, I don’t have many clothes that fit so Miss Priss, our middle child, and I set out to shop last week. She is the one with a sense of fashion but at times, I do have to remind her that I am almost 65, not 25.

Anyway, she chose numerous outfits for me at Nordstrom and I was in the dressing room trying on a pair of jeans and a blouse. The dressing room was packed with women searching for that perfect bargain and out I stepped into the three sided mirror in the center. I looked up and I don’t know what happened but before I knew it, the tears and sobs just erupted from my body. I could not believe how nice I looked. For the first time in my life I thought to myself, “I actually look nice!” Being a very obese woman has not been easy and I actually hated looking at myself and my body so there I was, an old grey-haired lady bawling in the fitting room. We explained to those onlookers why I was so emotional and all were very supportive. I think they were just thankful to find out I wasn’t flipping out! I never expected for my

emotions to overflow so much but they did. I loved and needed this gift and yes, it did make me cry like a baby.

So, what gift did you or a family member receive that you think was well worth it?

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I look forward to hearing from you.