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The Best Present Under the Tree

Maybe it was something for your children—or for you. What's the best gift you gave or received this Christmas?

As children, it's often all about what they get. The hottest toy, video game or favorite outfit. 

But sometimes, it's about the gift you can give. Finding the perfect thing for your mom, or your sweetie. Or giving something to someone who really needed the help. 

Share photos of Christmas morning smiles by uploading one to our gallery, and tell us your stories of great gifts in the comments. 

Merry Christmas to you and your families from all of us at Patch!

Keith Best December 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
"Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." --Luke 2: 10,11
Howard Hinterthuer December 25, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Crayons—the big box.
Carole Jezek December 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM
The most beautiful, new, spacious addition to Greendale Community Church is one of the best of presents for the Village of Greendale. The Children's Service on Sunday, December 23, 2012 had the children lead the congregation for the first time through the newly prepared rooms. We held our Christmas Eve Services and again celebrated the best new gift for our facility. We welcome all.
Denise Konkol (Editor) December 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Oh, Keith...that's perfect! Always a gift to open every day. I'd add my best gift came in the form of a great conversation earlier this week. A much needed time away from 'the norm' and has changed my perspective. A close runner up would be that my parents are still with us and enjoying the holidays along with my family.
Denise Konkol (Editor) December 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
With the sharpener!
CatMM December 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Agree.. the best gift of all!
Bucky December 25, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I got a Scott Walker hand puppet. Our puppy growled at it , started to shred it and then peed all over it when we weren't ... LQQKING.
Bob McBride December 25, 2012 at 05:54 PM
There's always one...
Bren December 25, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I may give myself an overseas trip in 2013. A relative who often travels alone recommends it highly. I haven't been able to return for several years and I'm beginning to feel rustic and enclosed.
Bren December 25, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Well, there's also this, Bucky: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/cleaning-company-fired-after-allegedly-damaging-or-staining-marble-floors/article_490de2f4-4bc5-11e2-a699-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz2Fv1ab2fX Protesters don't damage the State Capitol, private contractors do after the long-time state union employees with vast experience in maintaining the expensive marble floors are fired. How much will it cost to fix the floors, which could have been avoided by not bringing in contractors? I also understand most of the damage to the Capitol was from media networks taping cords to the marble floor and leaving residue. Scott Walker, "Conservative" of the Year. Merry Christmas.
The Anti-Alinsky December 25, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Bren and Bucky, I don't think your attempts to goad someone into a heated discussion on a blog celebrating the joy of Christmas is going to work. I feel sorry that you can't find a reason to celebrate, and instead must convey the gloom that has taken over your heart. Merry Christmas, and may you find reasons to celebrate in 2013.
Bob McBride December 25, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Make that two...
Susan Diaz December 26, 2012 at 05:34 AM
For all our high and lofty talk we are but children looking for gifts under the tree at Christmas-time. http://www.schoolanduniversity.com/ The big or small boxes wrapped brightly with a bow and name tag sitting under a Christmas Tree at Christmas time.
Bucky December 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
O ... We be partying Anti ... Merry Christmas to you and yours and happy New year !
Bucky December 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Bob ... Merry Christmas to you and yours and Happy New year !

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