I was sitting here today trying to figure out how to finish my Xmas gift shopping. It seems like it gets harder every year! I mean, if you have children that’s easy; they actually tell you what they want but what about some of the adults on St. Nick’s list? For me there are always those few select people that I never know what to get for Christmas.
All of this thinking about the holidays reminded me of when I was a child. I remember one Christmas in particular. I must have been extra good that year because Santa brought me so many gifts it seemed like it took forever to open them all. I got everything I wanted and more! You know, it’s funny what kids will say sometimes. I remember thinking that there where so many gifts that I may have missed one. The problem was the way I said it. I should have said “Gosh, there are so many gifts here I’m afraid I might have missed one!” but that’s NOT what I said.
I uttered those memorable words that have gone down in holiday history as a black mark against me for all eternity. My words hung in the air like the exhaust from a 1970’s mass transit bus. Yep, even I was surprised when I saw the look on everyone’s face. It was a mixture of shock, horror and disbelief. The stunned faces in the room were the first clue that I may have performed a slight breach in etiquette, the tiniest of mistakes if you will. In my considerable wisdom I knew that they must have misunderstood what I had said so naturally, I SAID IT AGAIN. Can you believe it? I actually said it again! This time the look on my parent’s faces turned from shock to anger and I knew that the best Christmas in history had just done a complete 180.
But I’ve strayed from the original point haven’t I? Well, consider a little friendly advice; it really isn’t the gift that matters, it’s the thought that counts. No matter what you get everyone this year at least you won’t have to hear those now infamous words “Is that all?”!