The number one wonderful thing about our Christmas was having everyone home--when your kids become adults you know that's not a given.
The number two wonderful thing about our Christmas was the presents. From the time the kids were young, we always gave them money to buy presents for us and each other; I think it's important to model for your kids that you are as important as they are and this is one way to do that. Related: I have had friends whose families don't bake them cakes on their birthdays--I'm horrified (unless it's because somebody baked them a pie instead because they don't care for cake).
There's something really special about a gift that says, "Clearly, I know how you are and what you like and I think this will make you happy." My kids generally nail it--especially with one another.
I don't have a photo of it, but Mandy and MVP did a did a recipe box for Grownup Girl--he made the box and she stamped card stock (it looked fantastic) and then wrote out some family recipes on them. Lovely, no?
Speaking of MVP and woodworking--my yoga-practicioner mountain man son made me this--and we all know I need a little more Zen in my life.
My Facebook friends will remember me crowdsourcing the choosing of a winter-staple brown and black purse (somehow non-daylight savings time saps from me the will to change bags to coordinate with my clothes). Lucky for me, Social Butterfly can take a hint and she can also offer Danger Boy the ability to buy his mom a gift she will love just by forking over some money to his little sister.
There were lots of other wonderful gifts, but the gift of togetherness truly is the best present a mom could have.
Any memorable presents at your house?