This is so Exciting! I'm so looking forward to spoiling someone who has an idea of why it's okay to give yarn as a gift-my family just doesn't get it! Though after our vacation last week and "a few" hundred dollars the the destination yarn shop, I think he's starting to catch on.
I live in Iowa and have spent Christmas in one other country, Iraq. While there I befriended the driver of one of our contractor groups. He was very kind, had something like 9 kids (one in the Iraq National Police), and a new baby on the way (he truly loves his wife). His last day I gave him one of my company coins and he cried because all he had to give in return was this plastic, round, BRIGHT ORANGE hairbrush...think mega Barbie folks! For the past 2 years that...um...unique...brush goes on our tree where all can see it and I share some of the man's stories with my now 9 year old stepson and 1 year old daughter. It reminds us all that the emotional weight of something can raise the value of that item more then a million times over, to remember those who are not with their families and to reflect on our own sacrifices as a family.