We hope you had a wonderful holiday! Since most of us are dealing with the post-Christmas food coma and clean-up, we thought we’d have a little fun today.
Christmas is the season of giving. And receiving. I know I’m not alone when it comes to receiving the odd gift, the one which requires me to spout, “Oh, thank you. You shouldn’t have!” Really.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. Whether your friends and family shop their closet or fight the holiday crowd at the mall in search of your gift, it’s the thought that counts.
In my world, there are two kinds You-Really-Shouldn’t-Have gifts.
1. The What-Were-You-Thinking gift. I’ve been the recipient of a furry pink Hello Kitty purse, clown salt and pepper shakers, and a box of cake mix. My mother gave me a bayberry candle, the kind that came with the fake berry wreath, for five years in a row. They all ended up at the Goodwill. A couple of years ago, she gave me a deviled egg carrier. It’s quite handy if you make a lot of deviled eggs that need to travel.
2. The Re-Gifted gift. You know what I’m talking about. I had a roommate who gave me a tea set emblazoned with her company’s logo. And then there’s the throw that came in a torn box from a department store box that had been out of business for over ten years. Among the re-gifted gifts I’ve received are a chip and dip set that was chipped and a smiling pig cookie jar nestled in tissue paper along with the card for the original recipient.
I make it a rule not to re-gift. I’ll either give the unwanted gift away or donate it to the Goodwill. Besides, I don’t know anyone who likes deviled eggs enough to warrant a carrier or would want a happy pig cookie jar on their kitchen counter.
Returning gifts is another issue is another peeve of mine. I’ve never been one for Black Friday shopping, and I don’t hit the sales the day after Christmas because the idea of wading through a throng of bargain hunters to return something is akin to standing in the wrong line at the DMV.
Are you asking yourself…Gee, Jen, what’s the point of all of this? In keeping with the holiday spirit, we’d like to give something to you.
Sally stood in line at Freud’s Gift Emporium clutching the bag to her chest. Next to the register, a crowd gathered around two screaming women wrestling over a stuffed woodchuck. She prayed the commotion would distract the other customers long enough for her to return the gift and make a quick escape. Tightening her grip on the bag, she stepped up to the counter. What on earth possessed Elroy to give her this…thing? At least the rest of the family got a good laugh at her expense.
The surly clerk checked his watch and asked, “How can I help you?”
“I—I need to return this.” Sally set the bag on the counter with a shaky hand. A tidal wave of shame washed over her as the clerk opened the bag…
Complete the above paragraph for a chance to win a gift. (No, it’s not a deviled egg carrier or a re-gifted item. We promise!)
Rules: A maximum of 100 words. One entry per person. Open to published, unpublished, and RU lurkers, but you must be a U.S. resident in order to win. Entries will be judged by the RU staff. Deadline: Midnight PST on December 27, 2012.
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