Best present EVER

Happy new year!

So we survived the festive frenzy unscathed. One of the highlights was confusing the hell out of my un-believing eight-year-old by creating Santa’s footprints in flour, trailing from the fireplace to the half-eaten mince pie and empty glass of port. He practically assaulted me at 6.30 on Christmas morning to get a confession out of me.

Santa baby

The kids’ presents received mixed reactions as always. Our six-year-old was delighted with his Sellotape dispenser for the second year running (that’s not all we bought him, we’re not that cruel), but the Hudl tablets had so many child restrictions we sent them back.

I had obviously proved myself to be a good girl this year and received the Coach handbag I’d been swooning over. It’s gorgeous. But nothing will ever compare to the best present I have ever received.

A blog about the best birthday present I have ever received. It is priceless and will last a lifetime but has no monetary value.

Best present ever

It has no monetary value and wouldn’t mean much to anyone outside of our family, but it forever captures a moment in time and its appearance was completely unexpected.

When the kids were really young, my friend Ben came over to have a bagel brunch and he brought his latest toy with him, a video camera. I hardly noticed him filming us that morning as he kept turning it on and off. I just thought he was playing around – not really capturing anything that he wanted to save.

A blog about the best birthday present I have ever received. It is priceless and will last a lifetime but has no monetary value.

Many months later, that Sunday of filming completely forgotten, Ben was invited to my birthday party. He gave me an envelope and strict instructions not to open it until I got home. So at around 1am, I opened it to find a DVD. This is what I saw… (press play)

It just blew me away. I started crying at around the one minute mark. I must have watched it a dozen times before going to bed that night and spent the next few weeks showing anyone with a pulse.

It still brings tears to my eyes five years later. My kids love it too. Watching it is pure, unadulterated joy.

So Ben, thank you.

What’s the best present you’ve ever received? I’d love to know, leave me a comment below.

Much love, Vx