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Ming’s Christmas presents

on December 24, 2012

I am beside myself with excitement about Ming’s main Christmas present. It is being delivered today at 3pm while he is milking the cows. He has no idea and yesterday afternoon we sat outside and played a guessing game and he didn’t even come close – yay!

This is the first Christmas where we haven’t done the pillow case thing. Every year since he was born, we have put a big pillowcase at the end of his bed on Christmas Eve and I’ve secretly filled a matching pillowcase with presents. Then, in the very early hours of Christmas morning, I secretly swap the empty pillowcase for the full one and try (unsuccessfully) to go back to sleep. The Santa magicalness of this faded somewhat last year, not only because Ming was 17 and a little old for this but also because Anthony was so ill and, no matter how hard I tried, those gifts were bought in a state of stress rather than my usual euphoria.The brat was disappointed, I was despondent and Ants wasn’t even well enough to eat the huge meal of turkey, ham and all the trimmings. It was a complete fizzog.

So Ming decided that this Christmas there would be no pillowcase and that, instead, we would all get three presents each. So present 1 for Ming is a book about how to play the harp; and present 2 is a voucher for five harp lessons. Can you guess what present 3 is?

64 responses to “Ming’s Christmas presents

  1. terry1954 says:

    ummmmmmmm a harp????

  2. Hope he wants one? lol Diane

  3. camsgranny says:

    Yay!!! you bought Ming a hARP!!! i AM SO EXCIUTED FOR THIS ONE!!!!

  4. Well those clues where no help……………
    As a child me and my siblings had pillowcases as well and I passed this tradition onto my children and they are passing it onto their children…….

  5. eof737 says:

    A wonderful idea… no? πŸ˜‰
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  6. oh wow! that’s very cool.

  7. Louise G. says:

    A Harp!!!! ooooooooohhhh! NOw I’m excited too!

  8. Yay! I hope he doesn’t read your blog!

  9. neve16 says:

    How fantastic

  10. dodsy says:

    no way its a motorbike lol the harps for mum!! πŸ™‚ Merry christmas guys, whatever it is may it make his heart and yours feel full, and may you all have a wonderful xmas xxx πŸ™‚ ❀

  11. A great present! Will you number the gifts so that he opens them in order?

  12. hotlyspiced says:

    But the harp is such a difficult instrument to play. Your son must be so talented. I think that’s been an adorable tradition how you’ve swapped those pillowcases other in the dead of night. I’m currently watching carols on TV and waiting for my 7-yr old to go to sleep so I can wrap his presents then go to bed myself. Merry Christmas Julie to you and Ming and all your family xx

  13. Jo Woolf says:

    What a wonderful gift! I hope it brings much pleasure! Happy Christmas to you all.

  14. viveka says:

    A harp … what a wonderful gift – wonder why Ming want to learn how to play a harp ??? – I have also heard it’s hard to play, but everything is hard before we have tried. A magical instrument … for a magical young man, I must say. Merry Christmas to you 3!

  15. Okay–I answered before I looked at the other comments. I love love love the harp–truly–it is music from heaven–but have him learn some Led Zepplin on it too–what a beautifully discordant tribute that would be

  16. I correctly guessed the harp from what I see in the comments, hooray for me. But my question is where did you hide it? My cousin Appolline in France plays the Celtic harp, it is a smaller version of the traditional Harp but it still takes up room. Your house will be alive with the sounds of music!

  17. janeslog says:

    When I was down at the Victorian Fair in New Lanark (Scotland) there was a young girl playing a harp. It’s not often I have seen someone playing a harp so it was wonderful to hear.

    It’s a good instrument for Ming to play.

    NB: Do people ever get the correct pronunciation of his name Menzies as Mingus? Thanks to Mrs Menzies who was a music teacher I had at primary school it was dinned into us how to pronounce her name. She was one scary teacher so you didn’t get it wrong!

  18. RumpyDog! says:

    OH Dog! I am so excited for Ming! Merry Christmas my friend!

  19. rumpydog says:

    Oh Dog! I am so excited for Ming! Merry Christmas my friend!

  20. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, A harp!

    Do you know Janet’s blog:

    Merry Christmas πŸ™‚ Judy

  21. adinparadise says:

    A harp? Wow, what a fantastic present, and the lessons and book too. I’m sure Ming will be beside himself with excitement. Yes, it’s a bit difficult to fit a harp into a pillow case. Merry Christmas to you and your dear family. xx

  22. Lee says:

    Wishing you and yours the best Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  23. Wow! What a great present.

    I hope he wants to learn the harp πŸ˜‰

    Wishing you the a merry Christmas! xx

  24. Have a good Christmas, Julie. All the best for the coming year.

  25. I hope your son doesn’t read your blog! What a great gift. I hope you take pictures to capture the moment. I wonder how you’re going to stick the harp under the Christmas tree. πŸ˜‰

  26. bluebee says:

    Wonderful πŸ˜€ I know it is a sad time for you and your family, Julie, but I hope you have a wonderful, relaxed day together.


  27. eof737 says:

    ΒΈ.β€’*Β¨*β€’.β™ͺβ™«β™«β™ͺ Merry Christmas .β™ͺβ™«β€’*Β¨*β€’.ΒΈΒΈ β™₯
    Λœβ€*Β°β€’.Λœβ€*Β°β€’.Λœβ€*Β°β€’.β˜…β˜….β€’Β°*β€Λœ.β€’Β°*β€Λœ.β€’Β°*β€Λœβ€ β™₯ Λœβ€*Β°β€’.Λœβ€*Β°β€’.Λœβ€*Β°β€’.β˜…β˜….β€’Β°*β€Λœ.β€’Β°*β€Λœ.β€’Β°*β€Λœβ€

  28. bulldogsturf says:

    Happy and Blessed Christmas to You Ant and Ming… may it be a good one….

  29. tersiaburger says:

    Merry Christmas. Hope you have a day filled with love.

  30. FlaHam says:

    Julie, I read these in reverse order so I knew what he got before I knew you were keeping it a secret. LOL LOL. I also figured it was a harp, but I thought it was a harmonica, and went so far as to ask he Ming liked “the Blues.” So I had all manner of surprises when I saw the picture. Such a delicate instrument, I hope Ming enjoys for years and years to come. Take care, and Merry Christmas. — Bill

  31. Judith Post says:

    Awesome! I love harp music.

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