(Part of my 31 Things project)
We really hit the jackpot when it comes to neighbors. We like all of our neighbors, but fortunately we really, really like the people right next door to us. They’re very friendly and nice, and their kids are extremely well-mannered and well-behaved. They’re also the neighbors who kind of keep the little traditions that make our little section of the street nice alive: they take cookies to everyone at Christmas, they share things from their garden, and they help the elderly lady on our street with things like walking her dog.
We usually take them a pound cake around Christmas, but we decided to do something a little different this year. We took them spaghetti last year when the youngest child was born, and they just went on and on about how much they liked the spaghetti. We decided to give them the choice this year.
I called and told her we were thinking about bringing them spaghetti instead of baked goods, but weren’t sure if that was Christmas-y enough, and also wanted to make sure we brought it at a convenient time. She said that a night off from cooking was a great Christmas gift, and that they loved the spaghetti. So we took our neighbors a spaghetti dinner. I know it’s a little unusual for Christmas goodies, but it seemed like what they wanted.