Household tries not to fear Christmas

Family Man

They do it every year: My family asks for my Christmas list, and then they don’t get anything from it.

Are the things I want not good enough?

Each holiday season, I find myself trying to arm my family with exciting gift ideas for me. I suggest things I’d love and stuff I need for the house that I otherwise wouldn’t buy for myself. Turns out they don’t want to buy that stuff for me either.

“If you don’t give me a list,” my mom said in June, “I’ll have to guess what you want.”

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