Christmas gifts you love (to hate)

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Christmas. The most exciting and anticipated holiday of the year. A time when

visions of sugar plums--or stereos, new cars, the latest computer, and various other

desirable and expensive gifts--dance through our heads. Unfortunately the reality of

Christmasgift-giving is often a far cry from our visions.

When we're children, it seems as the holidays approach that anything is

possible. But as we mature and gain experience with this annual observance it

eventually begins to dawn on us that it might not always be all it's cracked up to be.

By the time we've reached our late teens--when, coincidentally, the potential for

receiving truly outstanding gifts is optimized--we realize that Christmas gifts are

seldom what we hope for. In fact, from year to year it becomes possible to actually

predict the kinds of gifts you'll unwrap on Christmas morning. Let's look at a few


The Necessity Gift

The necessity gift is one that always seems like a really great idea to your

mother or grandmother, but which is invariably a big yawn to unwrap.

Let's be

realistic, how excited is anybody likely to get over a dozen pairs of matching socks, a

hairbrush, winter gloves or underwear? Slipper Sox, new sheet sets and toothbrushes

also qualify. After unwrapping such a gift, a person is likely to exclaim: 'Gosh, you

shouldn't have!' And mean it.

The Token Gift

The Token Gift might be received from almost anyone. Though it seems like an

intimate friend or close relative wouldn't stoop so low, experience proves that token

gifts take up where imagination and/or money leaves off. So it's possible to receive

these kinds of gifts from the most unexpected sources.

One present in this category is the ever popular 'soap-on-a-rope.' I've never

seen these marketed in June. But come early November...