Sunday, December 27, 2015

Was Santa Good to You? Annual Report for 2015 ~Teacher Gifts: A Couple of Hints ~~I am Blessed

I suppose an elementary school teacher 
gets more gifts than he/she wishes for.
They probably have more candles and coffee mugs than they can shake a stick at.

If I could turn back the clock about 20 years, I would give our daughters' teachers 
something they can use...like a gift card to Target or the local supermarket!

High school teachers probably get only one or two gifts,
 every other year or so...
That's what makes an occasional gift so very special.

While last year I told my family I had nothing to show them from school...
this year, I was blessed with some very special gifts.
On the left (in the first photo), you can see a jar of handmade Peppermint Scrub,
next, a gift certificate for my favorite nails place,
then, a cute Christmas Tin.

And inside the cute tin...
homemade gingerbread.
They smell and taste heavenly!

Perfection.
I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Thank you!

***I do have to tell you about my Advocate group from five years ago.
They knocked it out of the ballpark!
Their Junior year, they all contributed to buy a gift card to a local restaurant.
My family and I went out to eat...twice!

Their Senior year, they again pooled their resources to create 
a Spa Basket with Bath & Body products and a gift card for a Massage.

I bring this up now, as some of them may read this blog.
Thank you again, and I miss you...
You were a special group***

And what was inside this sweet surprise?
Homemade Molasses Crinkles with the anticipation of Starbucks coffee.

And Lorie's famous decorated sugar cookies.

And inside my package from Rebecca?
Purple scarf, purple socks, and purple earrings.

The evening's highlight was a gift from Amy and Nick.
They have made arrangements for hubby and I to visit them in the UK.

Those papers were accompanied by this little Nisse 
that they purchased in Austria.
He is sure to provide protection and good fortune.
He sits in a prominent spot in our kitchen.

Fun stuff from Santa... including
a citrus spritzer and 
a portable charger for my phone!

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law have taken care of all of my
personal care needs.
My MIL has been an Avon Representative since before I knew her.
as my SIL know how many miles 
I put on my feet during a school day.

Last, but not least, 
a fashionable passport cover and luggage tag.

This daughter and her hubby must have been in on
the travel plans for us.

So many sweet memories to cherish this Christmas.

Take care,
~Natalie

5 comments:

Allison said...

It looks like you had a nice Christmas. I read blogs in chunks so I just went back and enjoyed reading all your wedding posts. I loved the wedding table! Have a Happy New Year!

Barb said...

Best to you and your family in the New Year! Have a great time in the UK!!!
Barb

Vicky Weaver said...

Lovely Christmas memories! How fun for you to get to travel to the UK. I will do it vicariously through you. It would take an army of mule deer to get me to cross the big pond in a plane! Enjoy the New Year!

Danice said...

Oh, I love all of those holiday tins. The cookies look tasty as well. Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas :)

Attic Clutter said...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Natalie : )
Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas (:)
hugs,Patty