Sunday, December 16, 2007

Seven Things Week 15 - It's the thought that counts.

In the lead up to Christmas, it's really hard to stop myself from wanting more and more. I find that I have to be in the shopping centre to pick up odds and ends for Mum and it's difficult to resist the sale signs and pretty sparkly things.

I am so grateful for the gifts I have received this week. All of them have been wonderful and generous. When we say of a gift, "it's the thought that counts", what we often mean is that the gift is truly awful but it was nice to receive something. What the gifts I received this week have reminded me is that the real meaning of "it's the thought that counts" is that the giver actually thought of me when they made, bought or sent the gift and what I would like and appreciate. The true gift is the thought. ALL of the gifts I received this week were thoughtful, for which I am very grateful.

IN (28)
  • 1 glass bowl - late 40s/early 50s pressed glass and bakelite from Aussie Junk Better Bits - I'm weak, what can I tell you?
  • 1 Secret Santa gift - anyone want an elephant key-ring and a small change purse?
  • 9 things that were birthday or Christmas gifts - all beautiful and very gratefully received :)
  • 11 Patons patterns for the collection
  • 6 odd balls of yarns, gifts from gorgeous and generous knitters. Thank you. :)

OUT (69)

  • 1 flower drying kit OP SHOP
  • 1 paper making kit OP SHOP
  • 2 Akubra hats GIFTS
  • 1 postcard GIFT
  • 1 book of stickers GIFT
  • 6 glossy mags GIFTS
  • 1 glossy mag OP-SHOP
  • 16 balls or equivalent knitting cotton GIFTS
  • 40 assorted hair accessories. GIFTS, OP-SHOP, BIN as appropriate

SIAA (1)
1 beanie

TOTALS

IN 28
OUT 69
NET OUT 41

SIAA 1

3 comments:

Janet McKinney said...

And as the recipient of the equivalents of 16 balls of cotton - THANK YOU. It is much appreciated, and i have made a wash cloth already...

Marg B said...

As a group we decided to not have Secret Santa this year at work as we are all fed up with buying and recycling cr*p. This was not a Bah Humbugh decision - we all happily went off and had a great lunch together - but a joint decision to not add to more of the meaningless consumption around Christmas.

I love and totally agree with your description of the true meaning of "it's the thought that counts". My aunt, cousin and I always buy books for each other and other family members often say we should just swap Borders book vouchers and be done with it. But part of the fun is tracking down a book that we believe the others will enjoy - knowing that a few months down the track it will be recycling back our way anyway.

Jejune said...

I'm so glad you had such an excellent birthday, with pressies that really meant something :)