Writing about presents, I remembered another present which I received at Christmas (or New Year's Eve) as a child (I think I was 9 or 10 years old), which exploded my imagination and fascinated me for many years: 50 books with all novels of Jules Verne in a Greek translation by Edition Astir. At that time I had read 2 books of Verne (Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Tribulations of a Chinaman in China). I still remember my surprise after opening the package and seeing all these books in their coloured covers.
In the next years I read almost all of them. It was a journey to a world of unlimited imagination and solid constructed stories full of invention power and fine humour. An amazing present!
As listening in the last days the Mozart piano concertos with Brendel and Mariner, I remembered the following incident from my teenager years in Serres.
My parents would travel for some days to Thessaloniki. I asked them to buy an LP for me from a special record store which was specialised in classical music: the concerto for harp and flute by Mozart; and to ask how much the 23 piano concertos with Brendel would cost. I knew few of the Mozart piano concertos and it was a dream for me getting to know them all, as expecting that the whole collection would be very expensive.
After returning, my father gave me the LP with the doulbe concerto and... the collection of the 23 ones. I can still remember how happy I was... It was one of the greatest surprise-presents I had ever received.
This present occupied me for years.