Leigh Anne Tuohy: Not All Gifts Come in Boxes

December 21st, 2011

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By Leigh Anne Tuohy

Do you remember when you were a child, and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays, and you (or at least I) would go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place.

I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed.

The holidays can be like a juggling act, like trying to narrow down your choices from the Sears catalog when it comes to gift giving. We all know the drill. You make a list with everyone’s name on it and what you think he or she wants. You ask the ones near and dear to you to be more specific, and then you add that to the list you have already started; all the while putting everyone else’s wants ahead of your own.

Over the years, a very typical comment we would hear during this time from our three kids went something like this, “I really need this for Christmas.” Then my husband or I would respond, “You might want it, but you certainly don’t need it.”

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