Phil loves Christmas, although shopping for presents is not his favorite thing to do. In his new book Exploring the Joy of Christmas, he talks about a wonderful present his kids got for him many years ago -- which may have helped make for a very special Christmas.
Phil said when his boys were very young, Willie gave him a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which meant a lot because Willie loved to eat and they didn't have much! Years later, when the kids were older, they chipped in and got Phil a very special present. It was a Kitchen Aid mixer that sat on its own stand with its own attachments.
What was really special, though, was not just the mixer -- it was what Phil had to do to get it. He said, "...the boys put together an elaborate scavenger hunt that started with a big, heavy box. I couldn't believe my eyes when they lugged it out. I couldn't imagine what it was. When I opened it up, it was filled with rocks to make it heavy."
"On top there was a note for the next location -- a jewelry box. I thought for sure they bought me some jewelry, only to find out there were more clues ahead -- ten in all. They had me running all over the house to find my present...which ended up being hidden in the dryer. I had always wanted one of those mixers. I still have it today."