When I was nine years old my mother told me I had too many model horses and she wasn't going to buy them for me anymore.
Unfortunately for me, she meant what she said. From that point on, if I wanted a new model I had to buy it myself. Sure, there were occasional Breyer gifts from nonfamily members, but mostly I was on my own as far as model acquisitions went.
It's still that way. I never ask for models for Christmas. I'm no longer interested in Breyers from the hobby shop, and on the whole, I think it's better if my husband doesn't know how much most resins cost. If I want a new horse, I save my pennies and buy it myself.
That doesn't mean, however, that I don't want something horsey under my Christmas tree. Towards this end, I usually sign up for at least one hobby related Secret Santa gift exchange. This year I chose the "Esoteric Elf" exchange held over at the Watering Hole (http://plasticponychat.com/forums/).
Yesterday I received this box in the mail.
Inside the box was a pile of presents...all of which were quickly unwrapped. I didn't even think about waiting for Christmas day! Sometimes it's fun to be nine again, even if just for a minute or two.