Monday, December 27, 2010

The Best Gifts Aren't Bought at the Mall

For Christmas this year some of the best gifts I got were not something bought, but things that were passed on to me.
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  is giving us the liberty to show our Christmas gift!

When I went home to 1515 in mid December for Christmas, I got 2 wonderful gifts.

My cousin Mary had this wrapped up for me, my Grandmother's magazine rack. It is art deco in style and we have pictures of her sitting in her rocking chair and the rack is next to her at 1515. My cousin had been talking about having it restored since we bought the house to bring it over. Before the day that we unwrapped our gifts she said that the man that does that kind of work for her had fixed something else, so........I asked her if he fixed the magazine rack. She said " oh, it was in such bad shape he couldn't fix it". I was disappointed, I love things being returned to 1515. So you can imagine my surprise when I unwrapped it! Mary said she hated to lie to me!!

Here is what her sister Marty gave me!

I opened this up and immediately saw my Grandmother front and center!
Here she is in PE class at Ashmore, IL High School 1913! I had never seen this picture! Marty said she was going through a box and the was the 1st thing she saw. I cried, she and her sister were so thoughtful.
I would rather have these kind of gifts than any other.

I showed you some of this already, what my brother gave me on Christmas!
My Dad's projector, and slides!! Tons of them!
A package of pictures my brother took in the 1970's with Christmas pictures! Yep that is me with my dog Cumberland Queen Ann.
This was yet another gift my brother had wrapped for me. His wife did not even know what was in all these packages. This a gas lamp holder that came out of 1515. Before my grandparents bought the house in 1926 it was lit with gas.

So this is what was on my table tops this week. Cherished, precious family heirlooms that have been placed in my care. What wonderful Christmas presents they were!


Rebecca said...

I'm so excited for you-what wonderful gifts-I feel the same way as you-!!!!!

LV said...

These are the best gifts you could every receive. I agree with you totally, some things just cannot be bought at a mall. A great gift and treasure.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Great gifts for a great gal!

Tete said...

Oh my- thought I left a comment on here before. Not sure what I did wrong.
I love it that you had so many things come home this year!
I love the photo of the PE class! How rare is that? You are so fortunate that your family understands what makes your heart sing!
Hugs- Tete

Faye said...

Great gifts! I love your flower garden under the tree at the top of your blog! Just beautiful!!!



Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what treasures! I have to say I love the PE class photo!

Unknown said...

Oh I'm with you! These are wonderful gifts! You are so fortunate to have a historical place to return to. :)

Merry Christmas!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what precious gifts for sure. I am so thrilled that your family know that you will love and cherish everything forever. I am thrilled you got them. They definitely are the best gifts in the whole world. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Honey at 2805 said...

What a wonderful picture of your grandmother! I have just become your latest friend/follower. Hope you will stop by to see the piceture of my great grandparents.