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Display Name: FurnitureKC
Member Since: 12/19/13

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So glad someone saw beyond the shabby chic hot mess of blue to what a true gem that desk could be. Well done ...

Before & After: A Honey of a Secretary Desk Update
2/20/14 09:48 AM

Growing up, it was just my mom and my sister and me, for the longest time, on Christmas morning. The gift opening was quiet, one-at-a-time, and there was a lot of appreciation and thankfulness. This happened even when we'd go to the grandparents and get together with all the cousins.

So when I got married and went to Christmas at my husband's mom's house -- imagine my horror when everyone opened everything all at once, there was a pile of wrapping paper, screaming and shouting and present-tossing (even breakables!), and generally mass chaos. The first year I seriously had to go outside in the middle of it all so I could stop hyperventilating. I still haven't gotten used to it and this year will be our 15th xmas at the in-laws.

Together, me and my husband (no kids) celebrate 12 days of gift-giving (we're agnostic but have a lot of respect for old traditions -- i.e., pagan/Middle Ages/Renaissance). So we each buy 12 gifts for the other person and unwrap one gift a night for 12 nights starting on the Winter Solstice, December 21, and ending on New Years Day, January 1. On December 21 we turn all the artificial lights out at sundown, light a fire and candles, enjoy mulled wine and peppermint hot chocolate, and open the most special gift that night. It's a little ritual all our own before we have to travel to visit family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We both appreciate how much opening one gift a night draws out the anticipation and the hint-dropping reaches epic proportions.

Idea Exchange: What's Your Christmas Present Opening Tradition?
12/19/13 01:38 PM