The Material Things, or What We Got For Christmas


Christmas Day was small and sweet.  The girls woke up first, rushing to see what Santa Claus brought.  (See Little Sis's haul above.)  They opened their big present from mom and dad:  a used Wii for the family.  We Skyped with my brother-in-law and his partner as the girls opened the TWENTY-SEVEN gifts they sent them.  Awesome clothes!  Godiva Santas!   (The Uncles Claus and Grandpa Claus out-Santa Santa every time.)  Mr. B and I made a Christmas lasagna and salad.  When I told my family that's what we were making this year, I laughed and said, "It's red and green, see?"  (It wasn't until Christmas Eve that I realized where I'd heard that before.  I'm sure my copy is at my grandma's.)  My grandma brought over mashed potatoes (for Big Sis) and chocolate meringue pie.  My dad brought a red velvet cake for Grandma's birthday, which is on December 25.  My sister brought her little one and twin stepdaughters.  Much eating and present-opening ensued.  Happy family times.

But this post is entitled "The Material Things."  So what did we get for Christmas?

The girls' book haul was quite modest this year.  In the past, I used my employee discount to score a ton of books. My dad picked up the slack.  A Dignity of Dragons has been on our wishlist since we checked it out from the library last spring.  Emily Won't Take A Bath is another out-of-print-in-English title in the Emily series, which I blogged about in my very first Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday post, last June.  I'm so excited that Big Sis received the Clarice Bean boxed set.  We love Lauren Child!  The only book that came from me is Pippi Moves In, and to be fair, I won it from Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves.  My own book haul consisted of some Jostein Gaarder titles, the new book about Madeleine L'Engle by Leonard S. Marcus, and bigger kid books for my own collection.  There were DVDs, dishes, a cake pop maker, art supplies, and some lovely matryoshka dolls for yours truly from my daddy.  The girls and Mr. B made me some jewelry.  My mom and stepdad gave us their gifts, when they were in town the weekend before for my sister's wedding:  a DVD for Mr. B, a cool hat for me, and jammies and sock monkey earmuffs for the girls.  And Big Sis got a very cool gift from Santa that the whole family is enjoying.  I'll share that one with you tomorrow.











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  1. Great presents!! Btw I am reading The Flight of Gemma Hardy right now, and loving it!!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad! I enjoyed that book very much. I'm working on I Captured the Castle, when I get the chance. There is snow to play in, and I took the girls to see Frankenweenie at the second-run theater yesterday...

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  2. Hooray for a wonderful Christmas! And I was so glad to see on insta that you got some snow this week- that's a great holiday gift!

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    1. Our New Year's Eve snow! Then it started to melt, then it started to rain, then it turned to snow again! And it was still snowing New Year's Day morning! It isn't very deep, but I love it.

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  3. Thanks for reminding me I need to put The Crimson Petal and the White on my Netflix queue. I've been wanting to watch it. I love Romola Garai--can't wait for the next season of The Hour to come out on DVD!

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    1. I have to figure out when to watch it. By the time I get the girls to bed, I'm ready to crash myself sometimes. It's definitely adult, so they cannot be around! I haven't seen The Hour, but I loved Romola Garai in Emma and I Capture the Castle. (Coincidentally, that's the book I'm reading now.)

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  4. GEMMA HARDY! good grief I need to get that book!

    This all looks so festive and fun! I had to really scale back on what we get J b/c she has so much extended family. I want to have christmas lasagna! so sick of ham! Patchwork Girl of Oz! AAAAAAAAH! Cake pops!!!!!!! lalaloopsy!

    I wish we were neigbors! :) xoxoxo

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    1. Most of the gifts pictured came from my dad - the art stuff, Lalaloopsy, Sabrina DVDs, my stuff. The top picture is Little Sis's Santa stash, and Big Sis's cake pop maker is from Santa. Mom and Dad just got the Wii and the Pippi book (wink). The uncles gave them a ton of clothes, but I was manning the Skype and didn't get any pictures of them opening any of it.

      I found out over Christmas that one of my best friends from college, who now lives in New York, is moving to Portland soon. I'll have yet another friend in the Pacific Northwest! I will have to make a Washington/Oregon trek someday...

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    2. I have two friends from Hawaii who live in Portland. I've been meaning to see them again soon (the last time was 2 yrs ago).

      We could have THE GREAT PORTLAND SUMMIT :)

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    3. That sounds awesome. It will be a little while, at least not until next year, I know. Meanwhile, I'll comfort myself with season 2 of Portlandia on Netflix and the Decemberists on Spotify. ;)

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