We had the evening to ourselves to enjoy our gifts. I had to take a few pics with the new lens to show my husband what it can do; in the same way he had to take the ridiculously heavy ladder out of its box and demonstrate for me just what its purpose is. I think both of us are glad to have the other ask for a particular gift - I don't much care what it is or what it does - only that he wants it and wouldn't buy it for himself. We're not extravagant people, but at Christmas it's nice to throw frugality to the wind.
As happy as I am with Santa bringing the macro lens that I wanted, it's not my favorite gift. Actually, there are two favorites. One, from my husband, is a tree identification guide that he picked out all by himself. I love it because it's useful and shows that he does sometimes listen to me when I rant about wanting him to help me learn trees. The other favorite, pictured at right, was made by my brother Brian and is a model of our church. He made it entirely from cardboard to look like the village buidlings that surrounded the train set we had as kids. My SIL had been telling me for weeks that Brian was making me something, so I didn't know what in the world to expect. I never would have expected this.
Anyone want to share what their favorite gift was, expected or otherwise?