Do you collect presents as and when you see them throughout the year, carefully hiding them in a drawer until it is time to wrap them? Or do you make a list in early December of possible presents and then go searching? Or do you wait until the last minute, push out into the crowd and desperately search for something special?
And what about receiving presents? If they come early do you put them straight under the tree and leave them until Christmas morning? Or do you sniff them, shake them, feel them all over until you think you have guessed what they are? Or do you sneak them open early because you can't wait? (yes, G, if you are reading this, I mean YOU)
The giving and receiving of presents is such a lovely tradition and we all treat it in a different way. I like to start about mid November and collect presents as and when I see them. I keep a list and cross them off as I buy them. And when I receive a present I put it under the tree and wait for Christmas morning.
So here are a few questions for you to think about:'
What is the best present you have ever received? You know, and I know, that it has absolutely nothing to do with monetary value and everything to do with how much care the giver has given to choosing it, or making it.
What is the best present you have ever given? And the same rules apply.
Will you keep all your presents for Christmas morning?
Do you leave food out for Santa and his reindeer? If so - what.
Here are my answers:
The best present I have ever received is probably the first present the farmer ever bought for me. It is a slender gold bracelet and I love it dearly.
I think the best present I have ever given - and by that I mean the one that was the most successful as far as the recipients were concerned - was when I gave my son and his wife an etching last year by a local etcher - Piers Browne. It was totally unexpected on their part and luckily they absolutely loved it. When this happens it is such a joy.
My presents - and the farmers - will sit under the tree on Christmas morning until all the chores are done, the dinner is on cooking and there is a cheery log fire in the grate. Then we shall open them one by one, taking it in turn.
The tradition here is to leave out a mince pie for Santa. As for the reindeer - they have very efficient noses, so if they are hungry they can smell out the hay in the hat barn. That'tt give the farm cats a nasty shock!