19 December 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas for Hubs

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... (err, I gave to him)
a ornament for the tree.

Not exactly a Partridge in a Pear Tree, but who really wants that anyway?

Just in time for Chris's return, I have started a new tradition: 12 days of Christmas gifts for my husband, inspired by this post that I came across on Pinterest a few months ago. I thought it would be a special way to celebrate his return to the civilian world, which was perfectly timed for the holidays.

Starting on the 13th, he has opened one gift a day, each following the number theme. Nothing extravagant, just little things that he already needs.

Day 1: 1 super badass Marines helmet ornament. I spent about 30 minutes digging through a pile of ornaments at the store until I finally found a USMC themed one.

Day 2: a pair of PJ pants. Since we are avid weekend couch loungers, I was shocked to find out that he didn't own any! It's okay, because the situation was rectified on the 2nd day of Christmas. Bonus: His butt looks real cute in them.

Day 3: 3 cigars to smoke around a backyard fire

Day 4: 1 coffee mug + 3 bottles of Baileys. Because all of my road cups are too girly for a manly man to use. He can't roll up with a gold glitter and hot pink road cup.

Day 5: 5 car care items: Glass wipes, Leather wipes, Interior wipes, Tire shine, and a chamois. He was talking about cleaning his truck on day 4, so the timing of day 5 was perfect.

Day 6: a 6-pack of different Shiner beers. By this time, he's pretty excited to open each day's gift and has requested to open them in the morning before work. He started unwrapping before I could snap a picture!

Day 7: 7 packets of Cocoa Roast Almonds- a snacky item I thought he'd enjoy. 7 was a difficult number!

Day 8: 8 White Chocolate Macadamia cookies. The timing of day 8 was not great, as he's sick and doesn't feel like eating cookies, but when he's better these will be gone in no time.

Day 9: 9 packs of his favorite gum.

Day 10: 10 pairs of black ankle socks, courtesy of mom. She's the resident sock giver around here.

Day 11:11 little bottles of Gatorade. I like the little bottles because he drinks about half of the big ones then leaves them laying around.

Day 12: 12 Ferrero assorted chocolates (in a star-shaped box that I painstakingly wrapped.) He was particularly intrigued by this one, simply because of the shape, haha.

It's been really fun, spreading out the giddyness of opening a present over several days. This will definitely be a tradition that I keep going.

Merry Christmas, from us, and the cat-- who has found a stray bow and it has become her new favorite toy for the past few days.

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