Can you believe that we have had a whole year of sharing our precious things with the monthly meme organised by Sian? I'm kind of sad and hoping that she has something else in store for us next year - otherwise what will we all do on the first Sunday of the month?
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When the children were little I bought two little sacks for them to leave by their bed for Santa to fill with little bits and pieces. Their main presents would be waiting downstairs by the tree - he could only bring so much up the stairs!
|Thank you Blogger for turning my photo on its side :-s|
As the years went by, a kind of tradition evolved. They would always have a bag of chocolate coins, a Lindt chocolate Father Christmas, some new pyjamas, undies and socks, a book and a couple of other little things. I did not realise at the time that I was starting a tradition. Who could have guessed that at age 27 and 23 they would still expect, no - make that 'insist', the little plastic sacks to appear each year. Only now the 'little' bits I put in there cost an awful lot more than they did 20 years ago. Pyjamas for toddlers are a lot cheaper than those for grown ups! Those stockings get more expensive every year. But I am not quite sure who gets the most enjoyment of it - them or me, as I do enjoy a bit of a challenge to make sure they get almost exactly the same things. It's a lot easier to get stocking fillers for girls. Nail varnish, eye shadow, bubble bath. Hard to find the male equivalent! My favourite comparable item this year so far is a nail varnish called 'Red Hot Chili' for my daughter and a grow your own chili pepper kit for my son. (He's a keen cook and enjoys trying to grow his own ingredients!)
So that's it - 12 Precious Posts written, 12 times I have been round the world in blogs seeing other people's stories. Three years in total of storytelling on a Sunday. Sending out a big thank you to Sian for hosting this monthly event and having the idea in the first place. I'm going to miss this little project and am hoping that she has something else up her sleeve to take its place. What have you got in store for us for 2014 Sian?