Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Best ADVENT calendar EVA

If you haven't been around these here parts long, then you don't know how I feel about the season of Advent from a gift perspective. I like, no LOVE getting a tiny gift each day, or different gifts leading up to Christmas. I am very gifty. It doesn't have to be much, I just love the thrill of opening presents here and there as opposed to all at once.

A few years ago Mr. P got this whole thing started by having the 12 Days of Christmas for me where I got a teensie tinsie ornament from Hallmark every day for 12 days to go on cutie picture frames. He did this for two years.

The next year, I got a Peyton Manning themed Advent which included a Peyton ornament, Colts stocking, a KICK.ASS official 18 Jersey, a Peyton Manning rookie football card and a subscription to Sports Illustrated. No daily prize, but here and there. It worked for me. (no duh, right?)

The next two years I did Advent for Mr. P. Both times I got him Lego Advent Calendars, the first I got at the Lego store at Disney, and because he dug it so much, last year I ordered Playmobil, Lego and Littlest Pet Shop calendars for all of us.

Long story short, Mr. P didn't do anything for me for Advent and my feelings were crushed. THEN he had the gall to complain when he got an ice cream stand as his prize. (I personally liked the Lego prisoner, complete with handcuffs as one of his prizes, what? You don't see the Christmas in that?) Anyway, I got completely defensive and told him it was all him next year. I expected a season of Advent from him next year, which coincidentally is

I was sure he hadn't done it and had no plans for it. I even sort of called him out. (Yeah, I am a spectacular human being.) I got home today and on the mantle there was a prize, wrapped, for me. It was this:

For those not from around here, this is an artistic rendering of the iconic building of our University. Cool, no?

You know what is cooler? Mr. P made it for me. MADE it. That is his theme for this year, he is making me stuff. I am so excited. I made a comment to him that he should have saved this one for later, because it rocks so hard it would be hard to beat it. He laughed and said, "OH NO, it won't be. Just wait."

He knows me better than that. I CAN'T.


SoMi's Nilsa said...

So, this post is full of what I love and hate about the holidays. I hate that we get so consumed with the materialistic side of gifts (no accusations here - we're all guilty of it) and sometimes forget to be kind. But, on the flip side of it, I love the giving spirit. I love that Mr. P loves you and does stuff for you because he loves you and knows it'll make you happy. And hot damn if he didn't raise the bar with making that painting your first gift. I'm excited to see more of what's to come!

Alice said...

oh my god that is SO AWESOME i am having fits over here. WELL PLAYED, mr. p! i am so impressed! i didn't know he was so artsy-talented! and man, homemade gifts sort of make me melt, especially when they're from dudes.

Penny said...

That is really AUsome! I can't wait to see what else he made!

creative kerfuffle said...

i'm w/ penny--that is AUsome and looks quite similar to a building on my college campus! LOL did he actually paint this himself? holy shit batman. he's good. really good. i'm all excited now to see what else he makes you.

Shelley said...

Wow, how very cool - I hate to say it, but I think this tops Penny's pink sports bra (although it IS cute)!

I remember reading your post about the ice cream stand and cracking up over it! Thanks for the linkage and the memories...ahh, good times, even if they weren't exactly mine!

Tammie said...

this is amazing. mr p is definitely cool.

tara said...

Yay Mr P! There was a lot to make up for from last year, but goodness me, I think he already has!

Not Your Aunt B said...

Wow. He MADE that? It's awesome. And as long as he doesn't make you a sports bra, you're good. Unless he is a secret seamstress.

kilax said...

What a beautiful painting! I was like, "Hmm, I didn't know Mr. P was that artsy!" then remembered he is an architect and that we all have little talents like that that we never get to use :)

For our first holiday together, Steven made me a beautiful pencil box. I should write a post about it. :)

Jen L. said...

Wow, Mr. P gots talent! Too bad it was a building from THAT university. ;) Maybe he can go to Tuscaloosa and do one of Denny Chimes for me? I'm sure he'd LOVE that!

I love this tradition of yours. I remember the dreaded ice cream stand incident. Oh, yes, I do. can't wait to see what else he's made for you!

My husband's thoughtful like that, too. Some time soon I'll have to tell you the story of Cookie Bitch, Marcus's old girlfriend. It has to do with handmade gifts.

Lucy said...

That is great! The entire thing is special but to have that made for you by your husband is really touching.

Anonymous said...

That's why this family is awesome. Basically all of the art in the family house is made by either CK, myself, Mommapotch, or Papapotch.

I can't wait to see it in person tonight!

Luv, CK2

Fatinah said...

wow - that's actually so... romantic!! and very pretty.

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