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Posted on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 2 p.m.

Unwrapping Memories: What gift will you never forget?

By Kyle Mattson

By now there's a good chance the children in your life, both in age and in heart have already torn into most of their gifts.


For many the surprise of finding a new bike under the tree is a memory they'll never forget. | Photo By: Judy Crook (judylcrook)

The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family, reflect on the year, and partake in the tradition of exchanging gifts. Although the consumerist tendencies of our culture often put the focus of the season on receiving that must-have item of the year there's no doubting the value of a sentimental gift over the monetary value.

Few feelings can compete with the anticipation you feel as you unwrap a gift and instantly having a connection with it. For others, the sentimental value of a gift is derived from the joy of finally beholding the toy they've been waiting for. The amount of time, effort, and careful consideration the giver put into making these gifts possible is unmistakeable which is why these gifts are the ones that are etched in our memory for years.

What is one gift you received that you will never forget? Maybe it was that all-time favorite toy that Santa left under the tree or a surprise visit from an out-of-town family member. Share your memory in the comments below.



Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 1:55 a.m.

When I 6, my parents gave me Duplo's! I thought that was the bee's knees! Tanks mom and dad!


Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 11 p.m.

I was a young child in the 1950s living in the western states. The Sears catalog was our source for "dreaming" and I saw a "toy kitchen" that appeared to be about 3 feet tall, 12 feet long and which had a sink, a dishwasher, a stove and a refrigerator -- everything a modern housewife would want. It seemed perfect to a eight year old. My parents performed miracles somehow -- it was difficult -- and Santa gave me the kitchen. It was, in reality, about 15 inches tall and about 2 feet long. Even then, I knew I must loudly thank everyone for the present and exclaim that it was perfect. That kitchen set still resides in my parent's home to this day and I still do not want to take it to my "adult" home. Cozie