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It was Thanksgiving weekend last year when I first found out I would be buying my ugly duckling of a house. The moment I heard I was under contract, I called my parents to let them know I would be starting my new year with a new home (the closing was New Years Eve).
One of my favorite gifts to mark the start of my new life was the collection of Christmas ornaments from my family. Merck Family Old World Christmas ornaments are a brand that my mom and aunt have been handing down and collecting for years. They make uniquely shaped blown glass ornaments covered in glitter. And when it comes to the holidays, I am all about sparkle!
One such ornament was in the shape of a mailbox. For my first real house address.
Another was one that closely resembled my house in the snow. With glitter (and cleaned up a bit).
Another favorite gift was for use year-round: my mother has copied our family recipes into my own book.
Each recipe is hand written and included some that had been handed down for generations on both sides of my family. How special is that?
By far, my favorite gift last year.
What gifts did you receive as a new homeowner that were special to you? I’d love to hear your stories!