Our gift exchange began with the grandchildren who had exchanged names.
It was cologne, so Josh tested it on Jesse.
Most of the gifts also had a gift card with them.
Someone kept saying, “Grandpa keep your eyes shut!” He must have been trying to peek.
By the way – for you locals – it came from PaulB’s where Jordan is employed.
Thanks to our children and grandchildren for these wonderful gifts.
We don’t usually have special gifts for our children, but this year we did, as a book I helped with was printed earlier this fall. They knew that I had helped work on it, but did not know it was finished.
Benjamin Hershey was born in 1697 and is my Hershey ancestor who came to Pennsylvania from Germany in 1717.
This book features my Great-Great-Grandpa Hershey who purchased our homestead in 1875; Great-Grandpa and Grandma Hershey (who purchased it from his dad); Grandpa Milton Hershey and his siblings who grew up there; my dad Bruce Hershey and his family; as well as my brothers, sister, and I who were all raised on the same homestead.
Cerwin and I built our house in a woodlot on the homestead in 1967.
It was fun watching them look through the book.
I missed getting a picture of Roy and Deb looking through theirs.
We also purchased a book for each of our grandchildren, but will keep most of them here until they get married or have their own house.
Most of the other gifts to our children and grandchildren involved money. (It is easier that way.)
For our version of the game, Cerwin and I purchase about twenty-five $3.00 gifts. Everyone gets 3 numbers. When your number is called, you get to choose a gift from the center or from one that someone has already chosen, but is in front of their feet. After your third number is called you can choose one available gift and put it behind your feet – a sign that it is taken.
It’s always fun when two or more people want the same gift and keep taking it from each other until someone’s third number is called.
I am having fun learning about its features. So far I have downloaded a daily devotional for 2014 – The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
I discovered that there are more that 1,800,000 free books (most of which I would not choose to read). The first free book I downloaded is by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn, called, The Meeting Place.
I am looking forward to having time to read.