The Gifts

Christmas morning is an exciting time for kids, waking up and finding what Santa Claus had brought them the night before.  When I was growing up, we didn’t know about Santa Claus or getting any gifts from him.  I came to the US when I was 10 years old, December 6 was the date that we landed in California, and December 8th Brooklyn New York.  The memory is still very vivid, the church van came to pick us up at the JFK airport late that night, I was amazed that people actually decorate trees inside their home, and the streets were busy with people Christmas shopping.

Lee has a better childhood Christmas than us, she still believes in Santa Claus, and tries very hard to be on the Nice list.  Since the downturn in the economy, many parents were forced to tell their children that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, one of my co-workers had to tell her 7 year old son that this year.

The first present from Santa, it was a big box and Lee was so exited.

She said, “Oh man! Santa got me exactly what Daddy wants, a Sorry Sliders!”

Then White House Apple sauce, she said, “What the? Is Santa being silly?”

But she did get what she wanted.

I bought myself handmade soaps from Cambree Botanica, I absolutely love her soap.

Santa gave me Mr. Coffee, just what I want and didn’t expect, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Max got some toys and treats also.

Lee helped open Bo’s present, he got 2 air filters, Lee thought he must have been on the Naughty list to get such boring gifts.

My second sister made two Chinese outfits and handbag for Lee.

And her favorite gifts from Santa, I’m glad Christmas only comes once a year.


  1. The photos are very sweet, thank you for sharing. Nothing is better than seeing stars in a childs eyes.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Hi giiid, thanks. Many kids in the US get a bicycle for Christmas, and they’d be riding outside, but it’s raining today in our area, so I didn’t see any. Lee waited for this day. 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas! Very nice pictures. You’re daughter is so precious. I love the items your sister made for her. Thanks for sharing your Christmas. 🙂

    • Hi mscinda, thanks. My second sister made some outfits for me also, kind of nice to have handmade clothes. Christmas is always fun with the kids, hope you had a good one. 🙂

  3. I’m see lee had a great time opening her presents, the outfitt your sister made for her sure would look cute on her.

    Happy holidays wishing you and your family happiness and what whatever you wish for come true. Happy New Year 🙂

    • Many thanks salalao, I wish the same for you and your family. The outfits look very similar to the one that she wore on her birthday, my second sister also made her that one, but these are a bit bigger, she is growing too fast these days.

  4. Hi Nye,

    Love Lee’s handmade gifts. The handbag fabric is pretty!

    Thanks for sharing this precious and humorous moment with us.

    And I’m glad you like the soaps. Your photos of them are nice – I may just want a copy of it now. 🙂

    • Cambree, handmade gifts are made with love and care. You’re welcome to take the picture, let me know if you need the high resolution one. 🙂

  5. aww look at that smile on her face…I love seeing children smile. It looks like you guys had a nice time.

    As for me, I came to America in October. My siblings and I were scared to death when we saw people in their Halloween costumes.

    • lady0fdarkness, I had Halloween bad experiences growing up, so I think I wouldn’t like it, might be worse cultural shock than me when you first got here then. As for us, it was also real cold that year, we had snows, I thought up to my neck. 🙂

    • mozemoua, Lee looked forward to Christmas morning because she saw so many presents underneath the tree but they weren’t real present, and more like gag gifts for her to open, but I think she had fun. 🙂

      • Nye – I don’t know about that… But, I’ll be able to save some $$, not much $$. I used to go to starbucks about 3 or 4 times a week. $5 x 4 = $20 per week, $80 per month, and $960 per year. These numbers are average trips, there are times I am there on weekends too.

        $960 can go a longggggggggggggggg wayyyyyyy in Laos:-).

        • seeharhed, you’ve to see it in long term, that’s almost $1,000 a year, in 10 years that’s $10,000, much you can do in Laos with that kind of money. 🙂

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