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Sunday Confessional: My Boyfriend Skimped on Christmas

Dear Sugar,


My boyfriend and I met over the Summer, and this was our first Christmas together. I wanted it to be really special and memorable. It's one of my favorite holidays, and I really get into the gift giving spirit, so I went all out for him. I got him a dress shirt and a tie (he needed them for his new job), an iPod Nano, and a gift certificate for dinner to the restaurant he took me to on our first date. I was so excited to give him his presents on Christmas morning, and he had one weird-looking package for me. I was so excited to find out what it was, but I made him open his presents first.

He was really psyched with all the gifts, and then he handed me my present and said, "I got you this because you don't have one." I opened it up and was shocked. It was an ice scraper for my car. Wow. How romantic. I started to cry, not because he didn't spend as much money as I did, but because he didn't put as much care and thought into his gift. My feelings were just hurt and it made me question our relationship.

I know Christmas isn't at all about the presents, but I guess I was just expecting him to choose a more meaningful present. Should he be forgiven for getting me such an unthoughtful gift, or is this something worth being upset about?

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