I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I sometimes have trouble remembering what gifts I received a year ago for Christmas. Does that happen to you too? It’s not that I am not happy with the gifts……I am frequently amazed at the creativity and thoughtfulness of the giver. But sometimes all I can handle is just trying to keep up with my 5 kids and my husband so many other things get pushed onto a back shelf inside my brain.
There have been extra special Christmas gifts that I have received that stick out in my mind. Not because they were particularly expensive but because they were long lasting. Each time I would use or look upon the gift, I would remember the thoughtfulness of the giver.
One of my favorite Christmas memories involve my dad and mother. Each year my dad would give my mother something special for Christmas. He would usually ask one of his daughters to wrap it for him and I can remember the happiness on his face when he would give my mother her gift.
After my father passed away a few years ago, my siblings and I started a new tradition – in addition to our individual gifts to our mother, we also joined together to give her a gift from all of us on behalf of my father, who is no longer here.
We have had a lot of fun thinking of ideas of what to give her each year. This year we decided to give her two Apricot trees. You see, my mother loves to can fruit. Double S Farms, where she lives, has apple, peach, plum, kumquat, lemon, grapefruit, almond and pecan trees.