Best Christmas Gift Ever

With Christmas behind us and the New Year upon us this is a time of year is usually a time to reflect on the things that happened in the past year.  Well this isn’t one of those blog posts that I am writing about today.  You’ve probably read enough of that content anyways.  While you are sipping the left over eggnog and eating week old Christmas cookies I wanted to ask you what is the best Christmas gift that you ever received?  This is an unusual diversion from the content that you normally read on this site but I think you’ll like it.

The best Christmas gift I ever received was a Contra Smith typewriter when I was a kid.  Coming downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing it by the chimney left me speechless.  My younger kid brother, Ryan, I am sure didn’t get it but to me this was the best gift I could ever receive at Christmas.  Keep in mind guys and girls, this was before the internet, before I had my own computer and before I even knew what blogging was.  I was a pretty creative kid always interested in creating art, design, creative writing (I was a terrible speller when I was a child and had to really work at it) and other various ventures.

I was shy and awkward as a pre-teen and writing was one outlet that I used and receiving that typewriter was amazing.  I would spend nights typing away on the keys, listening to music and creating writing.  It was magical.  Okay, I admit it I was what people call a “Nerd” and these days I don’t mind that but at the time I did.  Getting this typewriter was amazing as a kid and even though these days I do all my work from a laptop it taught me how to type, how to edit what I write and how to write creatively.  What was the best Christmas gift that you’ve ever received?

Happy New Years to Everyone out there and see you in 2012!

Luc Arnold


  1. says

    This is a sweet story, and it brought up some good memories. Kids of today can’t fathom that you had to put paper and ribbon into the machine….and correcting mistakes often required a small bottle of white liquid….and if you decided that you wanted to rearrange paragraphs or sentences, you had to retype the entire page. During college, I worked as a researcher for a grad student. I had a key to the department typing room, and was able to use the fancy electric typewriters after hours. I thought this was really hot stuff.

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