I usually get an elephant or two for Christmas, but this year was an absolute elephant party!!! My friends and family members know how much I love the little critters. My overflowing shelves are testimony to the fact that I don’t NEED any more elephants, but need is seldom a consideration for collectors. So I now have two new elephant statues, an elephant ornament, an elephant watering can, an elephant ceiling fan pull, an elephant water bottle, and an elephant cookie cutter to add to my herd. And I have joined the virtual world enjoyed by my granddaughter, who sent me an elephant Webkinz named Zariba. Now our pets can visit each other online (if Nana can figure out the website!). Perhaps best of all- I now have an elephant notepad and keychain to add to my purse. I’ve always had a stuffed elephant riding in my vehicle and I have two elephant statues on my desk at school. However, I’ve never carried one in my purse! Too much?? Never!
Gary and I bought a gift together this year- a new television- but we waited until Robert’s arrival on Christmas day to let him “unwrap” it because we weren’t quite sure about our ability to do it ourselves. It’s not technology that is bad- it’s the fear of technology. LOL I can’t quite decide if the 78-page “viewer’s guide” that accompanied it is intimidating or reassuring. I don’t know what half of it means, but if I have a problem or question, maybe I can find the answer to it! I’m just happy that the picture is bigger and clearer and it doesn’t have the big fuzzy blue streak that our old screen had developed. And we no longer have to have a converter box with its separate remote.
The best gift each year is talking on the phone to my daughters and their children. We talk all the time, but the Christmas phone call is just special. This year we had the added blessing of speaking with my niece Megan and her family. The precious little voices of her children helped me relive the joy and excitement of this holiday.
Our white Christmas is rapidly turning back to brown this morning, but that’s okay with me. I don’t want people to have trouble returning to their homes this weekend.