It’s been one of our most popular Facebook competitions ever. We asked customers to tell us what was the best Christmas present they had ever received – and we had some lovely answers that really tugged at our heart strings.
The prize was a fabulous Marks & Spencer Christmas Hamper, packed with festive goodies. We would like to say thank you to everyone who entered, and also a big congratulations to Janet Stewart, who won a hamper worth £150!
Janet’s best present was: “After working for the NHS for 33 years and working nearly every Christmas ensuring our patients made the most of theirs, I retired this year and so looking forward to spending every Christmas with my family. Happy Christmas everyone xx.”
However, there were dozens of answers that warmed our hearts, so we thought we would share a few of them to help everyone get in the Christmas spirit.
Beryl Randall, for example, said: “A first kiss under the mistletoe from someone who l had fancied for ages, celebrating our 57th wedding anniversary on Feb 1st.”
Rosemary Taylor said her best Christmas present ever was from her husband in 2004. She explained: “I got a card with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog on the front and inside he had written ‘Come and get me Mummy’. I had wanted a dog all my life and at the age of 56 I was finally going to get one. I searched for ages to get Marmite and we finally picked him up at 7-weeks-old in May. He was my best friend for 8 years until he died of heart problems. We now have a 15-month-old Cavvie called Bentley (not after the car but rather the village in Yorkshire where my husband was born).”
Meanwhile, Linda Fawcett told us: “The year before last when my two granddaughters came to stay Christmas Day night. After an absence of some years Santa came to our house that night, 24 hours late but it was lovely.”
We also loved the entry from David J Lally, who said: “The news just on the 24th of Dec (now some time ago) that a close, older, never married, very independent friend had come out of severe chemotherapy for her cancer and was cured! She lived happily (but getting more frail as time went on) for a further 18 years and then at 91 passed naturally away.”
We also liked Carole Shepherd’s answer. She said: “A 60th birthday/Christmas combined present in the French Alps arranged as a surprise by my deceased husband and all my closest family and friends there when I arrived.”
Penelope Goodes added: “My best Christmas present ever is my wonderful grandson Lachlan. Born on Christmas Day, what more could I ask for than a beautiful present that keeps on giving back to you every day.”
For Valerie Slater her best Christmas present was when she got engaged with her husband at the tender age of 16. She said: “He bought me a ring from a pawnbrokers with a small diamond in, I loved it. Many years later I lost the diamond and so my husband replaced my ring with a new one. I was never as happy with it but never told him that. Last Christmas Day he gave me a small box with my old engagement ring in with a new diamond, I was so delighted, we have been married 38 years now and I never thought he would even have known where my old ring was let alone have a new diamond set in a ring. He is the best husband ever.”
Last but not least, Anne Bristow, said: “The best Christmas present was the birth of my son 36 years ago when he was due on the 15th December, but decided to be the first baby born on Christmas Day at 1:50am.”
So thanks to everyone who entered, your stories really touched us! And keep an eye on our Facebook page for our monthly competitions, as you could be our next winner. Most importantly of all, Happy Christmas from everyone here at Staysure!