We unanimously elected to open presents Christmas Eve, after celebrating with my family (Christmas #2). While we both agree that Christmas morning is a better time to celebrate for children, while it is just the two of us the evening before Christmas makes most sense.
I handed out my presents first. I have been looking forward to giving these presents for MONTHS. Before we were married I knew I wanted to give these presents to him, but didn't know when I could afford them. I saved and saved, and had enough just in time for Christmas! He loved the presents--and was satisfactorily impressed with my creativity.
When Richard first proposed, nearly two years ago, he presented me with a beautiful heart necklace. The front was encrusted in 16 small diamonds, the back was silver filigree forming 9 hearts within the framework of the heart shaped pendant. It was hands down the most beautiful and valuable piece of jewelery I'd ever owned up to that point, but I treasured it most because it was the present he'd selected to give me on that very special evening. But less than three months after that night I lost the necklace.
I was terribly upset when it went lost, and I didn't tell Richard about it for several months (the longest I've ever kept something from him). Finally I had to tell him. Richard wasn't upset--he told me it was just things, and things weren't important people were. But I continued dilligently searching for that necklace. Every time a drawer was pulled out that I hadn't already thought to pull out, my heart jumped as I hoped it was there. Every time there was a day of in-depth house cleaning I hoped it would turn up. It never did. To this day I have no idea what happened to it.
Ever since I finally gave up on finding the original necklace I've hoped that Richard would think to purchase a second one, if possible, to replace the first. I haven't really talked about it, but if there was one THING I wanted me husband to give me, it was that particular diamond necklace.
And this year, our very first Christmas together, that's what he got me.