Gifts From America – Happiness In A Box

Just yesterday, I was moaning about how much it costs to mail gifts to the US and today there was a delivery here. My step-mom Cullene and my sister Jennie sent a box filled with Christmas presents to put under our tree. I have to say that as shocked as I was to see this one package cost $44.50 to mail, I was really touched to receive their gift box from home.

Wrapped Christmas Gifts There were two gift tags that came off during the journey and two packages missing tags so unless I hear from Cullene or Jennie as to which one goes where, John and I will just open them at the same time. (Let’s see if they’re reading my blog and leave a comment to sort it out)

All American Themed Santa

I got a little teary when I opened the gift marked ‘ Open Now ‘ knowing it would be an ornament for our tree. Cullene has given me Christmas ornaments for years and I love seeing them as I decorate the tree each Christmas. They always spark a memory of what was happening in my life when I received them and they’re family tradition I love.

Feel free to share a favorite Christmas tradition if you’d like or perhaps another family tradition if you don’t celebrate Christmas.

7 thoughts on “Gifts From America – Happiness In A Box

  1. Beautiful — the post, the box, and the love behind it!

    Re ornaments — we try to purchase one when we travel to new places. This year looked high and low on the Scilly Isles for a little puffin – found a keyring we’ll tie a ribbon on and have the ornament! Like your stepmom, I’ve given my son an ornament each year, too.

    I love the ornament tradition — some ‘stuff’ is definitely meaningful! I wrote about our Aussie ornaments on a post here just FYI http://mysydneyparislife.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/australian-ornaments-and-stuff-redux/

    Cheers and happy Christmas to you and John.

  2. Loving that Santa! I brouight red cardinals home with me – and left some behind too because they were glass and I didn’t dare try and transport them with airplane baggage handlers playing discus with my suitcases.

  3. What a loving, thoughtful thing to do. I love getting ornaments as gifts, but with my recent downsizing, 8-ft trees are a thing of the past and most of my beautiful treasures remain boxed up this year. I’ve got a tiny tree and will have to rotate them over the years so they’ll all get their turn to shine. Merry Christmas!

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