On the 9th day before Christmas my true love gave to me... too many boxes of chocolates and a bunch of thank-you cards to write.
Today I relived my bridal shower, aka my worst nightmare :) A lot of students this year brought me Christmas gifts. Yay, who doesn't like presents? Only, I hate, with a passion, opening gifts in front of groups of people. My plan of attack is to open each gift as it comes to me, with the child who gave it to me.. discreetly.. hiding behind my desk. This morning though, all the kids gathered round - they're so interested to see what I get. First, I don't like this because I know some kids can't afford to bring a gift, then I feel bad because they unnecessarily feel bad. Second, how many different ways can I act surprised about a box of chocolates? Third, I think to myself - my, you've been a bit bitchy to these kids lately, do you really deserve this? True story.
Anyway, here's some of my loot! I made out quite well if I do say so myself!
A candle, Santa Clause tin, bottle of wine, votive holders, chapters gift card, movie tickets, teacher ornament, a set of three nesting tins (a collector's item supposedly??), something chocolate, bath stuff, hot chocolate, and biscotti. Not pictured are the five boxes of chocolate I received. I do not dare bring those home.
Now to start the thank-yous!