I have always had a real tree. About 10 years ago my mom tried to rebel and take the "practical" route by buying a fake tree. But my dad and brothers and I still went out and bought a real one. For the last 9 years there were two trees set up in my parents' house, my mom's fake one and our real one. This year though, she finally gave up and didn't put up the fake one.
Donny and I are celebrating our 3rd Christmas together and we've gotten real trees every year. He is a FIRM believer in, and I'm quoting here, "the magic of bringing a real tree, into your home." He says that there is no amount of money saved that can equal the joy and magic of a live tree in your home for Christmas. He says, and again I'm quoting here, "I would gladly pay $3,000 right now to ensure I have a real Christmas tree for the rest of my life. That's how much the magic's worth."
So... all that to say - It's important to the people I love, so it's important to me.
15. The best gift I've ever given.
The best gift I ever gave (at least I think it was pretty great) was this bear puppet I gave my husband. He'd seen it months before Christmas at one of the stores at CA Adventure. Donny won't even buy himself clothes that he needs, so he's definitely not going to buy himself a puppet just for fun. But I could tell that he had really liked it, so I went back and got it. He was totally surprised and loved it. He named him Mason and created a whole back story for him.
*Just a side note if you don't know Donny in real life: he's totally normal, I promise. He works with kids and is a great actor, and puppets are one way he does that. Two of his biggest heroes are Jim Henson (the creator of The Muppets) and Mr. Rodgers (who was also an accomplished puppeteer). So a puppet for a grown man might seem odd - but trust me, it's OK.
|Doing puppet ministry in a park in Italy|
My brother is the hardest person I know to buy for. He's a complicated mixture of someone who doesn't have a lot of money, but who equally has expensive taste. He's a junior in college and has to pay for his own food and stuff so this year he asked for a Whole Foods gift card and I was like "I am not giving you a grocery store gift card for Christmas - that is so sad!" But at the same time, the stuff that he actually wants just isn't quite in my budget... but I've got an idea cooked up this year that I'll share after Christmas.
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