The first one I read was from Heidi:
I thought I'd give you a few days...but I still haven't received my cookbook updates. :(
Oh, oh! Every Christmas for the past ten or so years, I have been adding pages to a recipe book that I started for each of my kids. It's just a big binder, with the pages in 'page protectors'. Basically they are family favorite recipes, and every so often I get requests during the year. I was really on top of it this year, and had saved my recipes in a file...all ready to print off just before Christmas. I guess I was too busy blogging, because at the last minute I realized I hadn't printed off the pages. Oh well, Christmas came and went and no one seem to notice. Until now, that is.
Then there was another e-mail in my in-box from my sister, Mary Ellen:Remember when you ordered dad’s books? This sounds dumb, but I thought dad was going to give us each one for Christmas? If dad isn’t going to give us each one I’ll order one for myself.
Oh, oh! In honour of my dad's 85th birthday back in September, I had made up a book for him which included photos and his life story. Dad was quite thrilled with his book, and got me to order one for each of us kids...that would be his Christmas gift to us. I told my siblings that they were each getting a book for Christmas, since they had all wanted to order one for themselves. When the books arrived, I immediately mailed the three to points afar off...and put mine on my coffee table for all to see!
But Dot and Mary Ellen would get theirs when we celebrated Christmas with Dad...New Year's Day, as it turned out. Dad opened his gifts, and it never occurred to me that no one else was opening gifts! It's really bad when people have to ask you for gifts they were counting on! I don't even have any excuse...I think I'm losing it.
But here's my suggestion. When is Ukrainian Christmas? I think we'll be celebrating it this year...gifts and all!