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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010 rewarding Christmas gifts. Following are their responses. The best gift I have ever received is the gift that keeps on giving, "JESUS CHRIST", the Reason for the season. He gave me eternal life. All I had to do was receive Him as my Savior. Glory to God in the highest. Glenda Mahan I have had several memorable gifts the on, e that comes to mind are from my wife. She gave me both a rewarding and not so rewarding, yet still memorable, gift. Both gifts were given to me by my wife last year. She loved me a lot that year. LOL The motorcycle not so much, I crashed it in January and was off work for months with the injury...not the rewarding gift, The best gift I received was a Cuckoo Clock. When I was a child my grandparents had one in their home. I could remember standing and waiting for the little bird to come out and it to Cuckoo. I still like watching and listening to it and get a real joy out of watching my grandchildren stand and wait for it to Cuckoo and mimic the sound. Billy Thornock One Christmas Betty, my older sister, and I got rubber dollies from Santa! They were so pretty all dressed up in their little pink organdy dresses and bonnets--even had cotton diapers and a real baby bottle! Of course, we could hardly wait to fill the bottle with water and feed our babies! Well, what do you know? That water ran right through the doll getting me and all her clothes soaking wet. I dried her clothes, dressed her up again and that was the last meal that kid ever got! That, my friends, is called "tough love". Myra Mahan I have to say that the best gift I received would be my husband. We were married on Christmas Eve in 1982. Bobbie Orphey J Looking back at the past Christmases celebrated over the years, the most rewarding gift I've received is the simplicity of sharing an- other Christmas with my wonderful husband, Jorge Rodriguez. It's not just about the gifts we receive; it's about the LOVE we share. The companionship, friendship, laughter and LOVE that is given and re- ,tumed everyday, is a gift by it's self. I truly believe that our LOVE is a blessing from God. This year will be our second Christmas as a fb_mily of three and when I look into our daughters eyes, I see LOVE... that was created by LOVE... with LOVE. Merry Christmas! Lorrie Rodriguez I recall a lot of gifts that I received during my childhood, but the gifts that I recall most vividly are the wonderful Christmas seasons that I had and the time I spent with my parents: Luz and Pete Max- well. I have an old Christmas tree ornament from the time I lived in our old adobe home located on South Main Street. This ornament brings to mind my parents and the innocence of childhood. Christmastime evokes a lot of wonderful memories. My mom and dad, who are no longer here, were the best gifts of all. Christine M. Gandara Phil and I had dated only a few times, so I was surprised when he gotme a Christmas gift,, It.was a pressure cooker in the latest color, Harvest Gold. I thought "Hey, this guy might be serious." That was 40 years ago. Mollie Pressler cnemaffe00j/00a00d bij liale,,t00 The most rewarding gift I have received on Christmas Day was my engagement ring from my husband. The reason it is the most rewarding is because I was rewarded with a wonderful man. My fam- ily and I are very blessed to have such a great husband and father. Tammy Newell Christmas 1974 or 1975. I was around 9 years old. My Grandpa Panfilo (my dads dad) came' over to our house. My grandfather was not a wealthy man by any means. His riches came from his love of the Lord, and were contained within. So when Grandpa Panfilo came bearing gifts, I remember being excited! What on' earth did he bring us? In his broke n English, he called four little eager kids over. He gave us each a wrapped box. Inside the white, old, used jewelry box were 20 shiny quarters! WOW...I can remember being excited, but when I realized how many quarters he had given ALL four of us, I was sad because I didn't think he had any money left, because he had given it to all of us kids! $20 was a lot of money back then! Someone reassured me Grandpa was going to be okay, he had been saving for quite some time, just for us. Now, 45 years later, somewhere upstairs, in a trunk of childhood memories, is that white, old, used jewelry' box that Grandpa Panfilo gave me. Inside it? Not the 20 shiny quarters he saved months and months for, but a fond memory and lesson of the true meaning of Christmas. Dana M. Arredondo drugged up to control the pain. At home on Christmas eve, Terry and Brenda were waiting for Santa to arrive, Without me! Terry tells of sometime during the night, there was a knock at the door and Brenda woke up just knowing it was Santa. Terry describes it so wonderfully, and I wasn't there to see it. Come Christmas day, I was feeling pretty low. I was in that hospi- tal room with another woman that had a baby but she was being released. I Was all alone while my family was opening gifts and enjoy- ing the moment of Christmas morning. I laid there feeling so sorry for myself and in pain from child birth. "Oh poor me" I thought Then I heard some nurses talking outside my room and I could hear some- thing rolling down the hall. They stopped at my door and rolled in a clear basket on wheels the contained my new baby girl. Only 1 day old! The nurse handed her to me and I tell you, she was so tiny and precious weighing only 6.5 pounds and measured 18" long. She was so beautiful that I couldn't stop starring at her. So on that Christmas morning, I wasn't alone at all, it was me and my new daughter Glenda. I realized I was the blessed one here with just the 2 of us. I had missed the excitement of Brenda seeing what Santa had brought her and tearing into all her gifts, but I had the pleasure of experiencing the very 1 't Christmas with Glenda. Just me and her. That afternoon, Glenda had many visitors, but I had been the first. What a true blessing from God, one that I will never forget or will ever be matched. I have had many memorable Christmases before and after, but December 25, 1972 will be on the top of my list forever: Deborah Greene One Christmas, we knew of a family that was not going to have much of a Christmas. They had kids about the same age as ours. We decided that we would all pick one of our gifts from under the tree to give to them. After each of us had chosen one of our packages for a member of the family, we were told what was in it. Some of the gifts the kids chose ended up being something they had been wanting for a long time. Victor was told that the gift he had chosen was a GI Joe toy he had wanted. He was excited and said, "Oh, man, he's really going to like this." We got the same reaction from the other kids. We were able to deliver the presents without getting caught and the fam- ily never knew who left them. It was a great Christmas present to see our kids excited over giving, not receiving. Another Christmas, we were really strapped for cash. We had to get the kids together and explain that they would not be getting much for Christmas. It was a very meager year for gifts, but we made cookies and hot chocolate, sang songs and played games. I saw no disappointment in the kids' faces and all of us remember that Christ- mas as being one of our best. Steve Hill Submitted by anonymous authors: "My family and all my friends." "Being able to celebrate it with my loved ones after missing a few Christmas's." "Life God gave to me." "This is really the first year that I celebrate Christmas because of my new, clean lifestyle." "Being with my family, my whole family.,' "A set of jewelry from my mom, it meant the world to me because she hardly ever gave me any gifts and it was the least real gift my mom ever gave me." My most memorable Christmas started on December 23, 1972. My husband, Terry and my daughter, Brenda, who was then 2 years and 11 months old and I got up that morning as any other day, except 1 thing, I was 9 months pregnant. I had been due December 18, 1972. But was running a little late. Brenda was really anticipating Christmas as this was the 1 s' one that she really understood, and could hardly wait tor Santa Claus. I was feeling great that morning and started puttering around the house, cleaning and such. That afternoon, we decided to visit family. Later that afternoon, my back started hurting and I dismissed it as doing too much cleaning earlier. It was getting worse as the day went on, and then it hit me, I was in labor. Oh no! not now!, it was going to be Christmas. But yes, it was happening. Terry took me to the hospital around 10:30 PM December 23, 1972 and at 2:10 AM December 24, 1972, I had delivered a beautiful baby girl. A Christmas eve baby, what a blessing. I was happy it was over, our baby was well, 10 finger, 10 toes, lots of dark brown hair and dark blue eyes. We had a lot of visitors that day, but I don't remember mueh. Back in those days, they made you stay for 3 days after having a baby and they kept you pretty "The most rewarding thing to me around Christmas has never been about the gifts because growing up we never had a lot of money but we had a lot of family around and we always had a lot of fun even without a lot of gifts. So just having my family is the best gift God could give me." "My most rewarding gift is the chance that has been given to me from my higher power (God). To be sober this year, and to have my family like my mom, and my Benjamin! And also for Kokopelli and all the people who are attending. For Kris," Amanda, Patricia, and Tammy! But the most important thing is that I know I have to do it one day at a time. And knowing that I love myself and I can now love others !" "A second chance at my kids forgiving me for my drug use and for my,boyfriend. And last but not least my grandmother who has never given up on me. I love all you guys!"