Patty has for many years collected Santa's, she has a whole house full, so this year she decided to start collecting Christmas trees. She also likes wire art so what better present than a HUGE wire tree decorated with many presents filled with a lovely variety of Christmas trees. (Guess who I'm hoping gets my name next year!)
Click on the photos for a closer look. In fact, if you double click you will get an even closer close up....
Patty's gift was for Heather.
Patty recalled when Heather was little she always hoped Santa would bring her a horse... so this year she finally got one.
Isn't he just an absolute delight? He is made of wrapped presents, it was hard to watch him dismantled. This is from the daughter who says she has no talent for making things...
This year Heather drew Eric's name. Eric seems to inspire who every gets his name.... remember the PEZ? He also collects penguins (we are a family of collectors, if you are not a collector when you join the family, you soon will be, its a requirement.) this is a one of a kind addition to his collection..... It's a snow globe.... and it lights up!! and yes, those are handmade polymer clay penguins.
Eric wrapped a gift for Cory. Eric flew in on the 31st and just made it in time for the gift exchange. He had to have something that was compact and easy to carry on the plane His gift was a Yule Log made from real logs that had been hollowed out. He confessed he didn't do the hollowing, he purchased the logs at a pet store.... apparently they sell hollowed out logs for pet snakes.. icky!! but they made an elegant package.
If you are following the order here you will recall that Cory gave his gift to Brandon W. at the first party so the next up is Granddad Lynn, his gift is for Brandon L.
Long ago we made a sacred pact to never let Granddad near a hammer, glue gun, roll of tape, wrapping paper, ribbon.... nothing that requires a modicum of manual dexterity .... makes us all shutter thinking about it... so he is the one person in the family who is allowed to contract out his gift wrapping chore. Last year I wrapped for him, this year I passed the torch to Heather.
Brandon collects comic books (see, I told you, another collector) and his favorite is Green Lantern so of course his gift is wrapped in the form of a Green Lantern with lights and a handle. Amazing what can be done with plastic bowls and cups... and a glue gun. Pretty neat huh?
Brandon's gift was for his brother Nicholas. Brandon is the very worst procrastinator in the family. At 1:00 PM on the 31st he not only hadn't wrapped his gift he hadn't even bought his gift.... his mother and I were verklempted to say the least. We ordered him out the door and threatened him with sever bodily harm if he came back empty handed. Much to our surprise he not only came up with a nice gift he also did a fine job wrapping it. Will wonders never cease?
Nicholas works in a coffee shop so Brandon made a "to go" coffee container, even put the shop name on the cup and gave it a candy cane stirrer.
Nicholas is up next, he wrapped a gift for Eugene.
Eugene is a music lover, he collects records and CD's, his favorite group use to be the Beatles but alas the Beatles have been replaced by a new group "Here come the Mummies" . Now this Mummy group has a nice beat but "my oh my" the lyrics..... not nice, not nice at all!! I will say nothing more.
Nick cut open a poor little Teddy bear put tickets to a "Mummy" concert inside and wrapped the bear like a mummy....see. Isn't he the sweetest thing? I just want to hug the poor little critter.
Eugene already gave his gift to Granddad Lynn... so Andrea is up next.
Andrea's gift was for Zachery. She made copies of photos and wrapped his gift.... not bad, but the competition is stiff this year...she promised to do better next year.
Zachery in turn wrapped a gift for Andrea. He was another of our procrastinators... not as bad as Brandon but ran a close second. He did a darn good job too.
Andrea loves wine, she and Moe would have a great time. Zachery wrapped her gift as a wine glass and filled it with "fruit" presents. Came up with the idea all by himself, he did good!!
That is almost the last of them... just one to go.... the grand prize winner of the coveted Santa Trophy!!
Drum roll please!!!
My sweet son drew my name and wrapped this fantabulous present just for me... made me cry!
Lynn got me a iPad for Christmas so Brad loaded it with games, audio books and songs from the 50's and made a wonderful slide show video featuring photos of the 1st half of my life. He wrapped it in the form of a picture album and used the video like a 50's drive-in theater. My maiden name is Knight.... hence the "Knight Stories" theme. Starts from when I was a baby.
Until Lynn and I got married.... and then kids came along. Thats a picture of us with the 2 girls above the slide show on the iPad.
He put a short bio on the inside back cover.
Here's close up so you can read what it says, You can get a better look by clicking on the photo. (Just so you know, he was teasing his sisters with the comments at the end.)
And on the back cover he printed some of the comments left on my Flickr site. Brad is a stickler for detail... see the "Publisher" and the bar code. A pretty wonderful gift wouldn't you say?
Oh... and the reason he used a print of Wilma Flintstone is because for most of my life I had very long hair which I wore in a bun on the top of my head, like Wilma.
And that ends another Hendershott Family Holiday Special. See you next year!!
Best wishes for a Happy Healthy Peaceful New Year.