Let's face it, if most of us are to be honest we'd admit we love getting presents. Knowing that someone took time from his or her busy life to find that perfect gift for you is a pretty special bit of information to have.
Also, the suspense before the opening, that moment of surprise when you finally open it are rare moments in a life typically dedicated to thinking of others before oneself.
I'll be truthful. I don't expect gifts on my birthday, anniversary or Mother's Day. If they arrive, however, I'm as gleeful as a child on Christmas morning.
Which is the perfect segue to my next point. Dec. 25 is the one time I care less about receiving and am simply thrilled to watch everyone open the gifts I have given them. When it comes to the spirit of giving during the holiday season, it gives me the purest joy.
So much so that I do get a little carried away. To the point where a few years ago my children told me it had to stop, that a four-hour marathon of unwrapping was just not fun any more. I've done my best to listen, but the mountain of purchases now waiting for me to get them Christmas morning ready, with more yet to come, might suggest there's still a little way to go.
Pretty sure I'm not going to get there just yet, though. The day might come when for monetary or physical reasons I can't handle it, but for now, shopping for Christmas presents for my hubby, our kids, and their babies gives me great pleasure. And I'm a firm believer in doing what makes one happy.
Thus, as we look ahead to the season of giving, here are some terrific photos of holiday gifts and the accoutrements that enhance them:
iPHOTOS.com Christmas Presents