This week’s Quick Takes: My Seven Favorite Christmas Gifts (In no particular order, except the first one)
God emptied Himself and took on human flesh. He became one of us. That’s why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.
My guitar, which I received when I was 15 or 16. I was so excited for this gift. I actually fell asleep on the living room floor playing it between opening gifts and breakfast.
The big flat-screen TV my in-laws bought us last year for Christmas. It is a definite improvement on the 20-year-old one it replaces.
A lava lamp. I know this sounds like kind of a lame gift, but I really wanted it. I was a teenager when I got it and I still got excited (if I had a scanner, I’d show you the photos, but imagine me, with messy hair, big glasses, flannel pajamas, and my mouth wide open).
A pogo stick. I never really used it much after Christmas morning, but I loved that gift. The time trying to use it actually gave me some physical exercise, which is something I avoided in most cases, so it was a pretty healthy gift.
My first car. In 1999, I got car keys in my Christmas stocking. My parents had finished paying for their old car, a gray 1991 Chevrolet Corsica, and replaced it with a newer model. I was in college and without transportation. It was sure nice of them to let Santa give me those keys. I had that car until 2007. It wasn’t a nice car, it wasn’t a pretty car, and it certainly wasn’t a fast car, but it got me where I wanted to go.
Books. I think my parents secretly either regret or love giving me books for Christmas, because several years, as soon as Christmas breakfast was over, I would find whichever book I was given for Christmas and read until dinner-time or later, only taking breaks to eat or use the bathroom. My favorite that I can think of right now is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone which was a surprise, when I didn’t know Harry yet. What a wonderful surprise.
Here’s hoping you get everything you want for Christmas!
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