Monday, December 26, 2016

Presents I Didn't Get— #OpenBook Blog Hop

It's the day after Christmas, and I hope that whatever holiday you celebrate, your day was happy. Although Christmas is about so much more than gifts, there's no denying that most of us look forward to receiving a package or two. So this week we're taking about the favorite present we ever got, as well as the ones we wanted and didn't get.

The best gift I ever received? That's an easy one. My daughter. She was born a few days before Christmas. The tree was up before I went into labor, thank heavens, and even at a few days old she appeared to watch the blinking lights. I was glad she was born before Christmas, on not on Christmas itself, so we'd always be able to make her birthday about her.

And the gifts I wanted and didn't get? Two come to mind. The first was a Bible, interestingly enough. I think I was a sophomore when I asked for Bible for Christmas and didn't get one. I never asked why not, but I got other things on my list. My parents were religious folks, so it didn't make sense to me. That's probably why I remember it. (When I got my first job, I bought one.)

The second thing I remember asking for and not receiving was a Carrom board. It was a wooden game board that had several different games—checkers, backgammon, a game loosely based on pool that used plastic rings instead of balls, and another game on the back. (see picture.)

And why, you may ask, does this one stick out from all the things I may have asked for and didn't get? You see, my parents encouraged us to make lists from the Christmas catalogs so they had an idea of what we wanted. We all knew we wouldn't get everything on the list and there was a limit to the money they'd spend, but at least we'd get something from the list. So what was so memorial about this particular toy?

One of my older brothers got it! I'm assuming he had it on his list as well. I remember being hurt when he unwrapped it, and knowing there wasn't any way Santa had brought two. I'm sure I got other things on my list, and my brother did share it with all of us kids, but it always bugged me that he got it and I didn't. I eventually bought a copy for myself.

So what did you always want for Christmas that you didn't get? And what was your favorite present? I'd love to hear from you in the comments. And to find out what our other authors wanted, follow the links below.

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  1. I've never heard of a Carrom board. That's a new one on me.

    1. It was fun. Lots of different games to play. I eventually sold the one I bought as an adult at a yard sale, but it got a lot of use before that.

  2. It's funny isn't it, the things we remember? Thank you for sharing.