Christmas gifts: expectations vs reality [Image]

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If you’re one of those persons who celebrate the holiday called Christmas, then by all means, tell us your expectations vs reality story when it comes to getting gifts.

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  1. Keith H.

    “What do you mean, you ‘gave it away to this guy you know’?!?!?!?!”

    “Well, it was mine – you gave it to me.”

    “Yeah, but I wanted you to keep it and have it and use it yourself!”

    “But it was mine. And he could use it more than I could, and I like him, so I gave it to him.”

    “But I gave that to YOU! For YOU to have!”

    “Ah, so you mean it was mine, meaning I owned it, as long as I only did what you wanted with it. Isn’t that more of a loan than a gift? You were just letting me use it, but it really still belonged to you?”

    “You just don’t understand Christmas at all!”

    This comes from a really decent pull over sweater I got from a (now ex) girlfriend a couple of years ago. It was a nice sweater and I really liked it and appreciated the time and effort she put into finding it and so on. Very thoughtful of her. The fact that I never wear sweaters of any kind doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter that it would have sat in a drawer until hell froze over. What mattered to me is that a buddy of mine who was down on his luck could make better use of it than me. And he wears that kind of thing, so I gave it to him. And yes – she really did say “You just don’t understand Christmas at all!”. Maybe not, but I do understand commerce. And that’s why I don’t like getting gifts for Christmas. It’s so hard for so many people to understand the word ‘gift’.