One of the Best Christmas Gifts I Ever Received

I’ve never been great at answering the question, “what was the best gift you’ve ever received?”

Salvation? My children? Health? …. the list is long. But when pressed this year to come up with something tangible that was actually wrapped in paper, I had to say it was a Hallmark Store book titled, The Night Before Christmas.What’s so special about a story we’ve all heard since birth?

This one records voices.

My friend recorded my kids’ voices reading the famous tale in another room while I was prepping a meal, wrapped the book and gave it to me the same day. My twins were around 10 yrs. old and my youngest around 8 yrs. old at the time.

I was so touched and gushed about what a thoughtful gift it was. I meant it but could not have known how PRECIOUS that book would become in the subsequent years.

My daughters voices matured and of course my son’s voice has changed dramatically. Every year that I pull the book out and open each page, tears stream down my face. I close my eyes to picture those little voices running through the house at Christmas…over a decade has gone by since that gift was given to me.

If you regularly follow my blog, you’ll recall my posts about the wedding I attended in Scotland this past summer. The bride’s mama was my precious friend of 20 years who lost her cancer battle three years ago. Her departure at the too-young age of 49 makes me clutch that voice-recorded Christmas book even tighter to my chest, knowing that she gave me that gift that was so much more of a gift that I realized at the time.

The first few years, I think the book was nicely placed on top of some other decorations in a regular Christmas box, packed away until the next year. A couple years ago, I began wrapping that book so carefully…storing it as if it were gold. It is gold to me.

As I contemplate gifts for others in years to come, I’ll search out books that also record voices. It is a treasure for parents and if the book remains in tact as time passes, grown-up kids will certainly get a kick out of letting their children hear them when they were young.

26 thoughts on “One of the Best Christmas Gifts I Ever Received

  1. I’ve never come across a book that records voices. That’s such a good idea. Beyond good, it’s fantastic. I can see why you wrap this so careful and take such good care of it. Precious and priceless  ♥ xx

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  2. Such a great gift! I have a teddy bear that has my mother’s voice recorded as she read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears! I take the batteries out and only put them in to play it once every couple of years…

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  3. So sweet, I wish I would have received one of these when my babies were little. They are 19 and 22 now. I would wrap that up like gold too…better then gold. You have found a way to package and hold onto time. Time and memories, are always priceless.

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  4. I love this post! It reminds me of a voice-recorded book my son & his wife gave to my mom. It was about 20 years ago when Ty & Monika’s children were 4, 6 & 8. My grandchildren’s innocent little voices are so precious! Yes, I inherited that book when my mom passed away. I love it. I think it’s time to pass it along to my 24 year-old granddaughter so she can treasure her own 4year-old voice and pass it along to her children some day.

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    • Thank you for sharing your story about the voice-recorded book. How wonderful that they gave that to your Mom and now it’s a family heirloom. Your granddaughter will be blessed to have it!

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