As I mentioned in my previous post, I did receive two other gifts that deserve a mention. They meant a lot to me yet materialistically cost next to nothing.
On Christmas Eve morning, I left all the kids at home so I could get a few last minute errands done including the stocking stuffers. This was especially crucial because I had to work that night and so had to make sure it was all done before I left at 7pm. I was gone about 2-3 hours. When I got back Miss Thing, Sparky and (with direction) Her Majesty had cleaned the house without me asking. Lounge room, rumpus room, kitchen, even the bathroom and main toilet was clean. I was really touched by their efforts and told them it was the best gift they could have given me, and they did it without it being their intention to make it a present.
The second was a card given to me by a friend of Miss Thing and Sparky whom I will call Zeppy. Zeppy is a year younger than Miss Thing and is mainly her friend, although he has no problems hanging out with Sparky in a big brother type of way. Her Majesty adores him. He is a very nice boy who has a really shitty family life. He came over the other day bearing gifts for everyone and to my complete surprise handed me a box of chocolates (I told you he was a bright boy) and a card in which he had written the following:
I nearly cried, or worse nearly embarrassed the boy by wanting to hug him in front of his mates (Miss Thing and Sparky). I refrained and instead only slightly embarrassed him by telling him how "sweet" it was and thanking him.
So forget about expensive gifts -this Christmas I was reminded that the best ones really do come from the heart.