The Christmas List

It is ten days until Christmas meaning there are nine more shopping days remaining. For most men that is eight more days than we really need but you never admit that to your wife. Instead you try and convince them that you are shopping nightly scouring the stores for the perfect gift that comes from the heart. That’s the case not just with gifts but also with cards. Trina will go to the Hallmark store several times and spend hours reading through the messages of the cards to find the perfect one to send for an occasion. Me on the other hand, I will go to the grocery store and remember that I probably should have a card before I get home with a gift. I’ll go to the card section carefully making sure that I am in the right area for the event (never give your wife a get well soon card for her birthday, it would be bad) and then I will select a card based on which one is leaning closer to me from the rack. Most times I get lucky and the card has some sort of meaningful message inside. I probably should feel guilty about this lack of interest in cards but I don’t. As the kids have grown, they have helped pull me out of many gift giving predicaments. They somehow have learned that mom doesn’t get nearly as excited as dad if the gift comes neatly wrapped in a Diamondbacks Team Shop gift bag. Mom won’t appreciate the hard work dad goes to finding the perfect jersey in her size. So the kids basically “accessorize” my gifts by making sure they have a more appropriate gift to go along with mine. At first it bothered me that my gifts were under appreciated but after realizing how much smoother my life had become I’ve accepted the help.

This year the kids have had to work over time helping me with gift ideas. Since the Diamondbacks had changed their logo and team colors, I had made a list of items I thought Trina could use for Christmas. She probably needs a new coat since the one she is wearing is an official team dugout jacket. And several of her shirts are purple or turquoise so they definitely need to be replaced with Sedona Red versions. She doesn’t have a Diamondbacks hat with the red logo so that went on the list. And as a special surprise I thought about getting her one of the new jerseys that the team unveiled. I even planned to put her name and number on the back. I had what I thought was the perfect Christmas list for my wife and best of all I could do all my shopping from the comfort of Chase Field making just one stop.

Trina wanted to make life easy for me so she decided to provide me with a list of her own. She presented the paper to me today in hopes that she was not too late. I read and re-read the list and none of the things matched with what I had listed. Trina obviously had forgotten a lot of stuff that she needed and being the caring husband that I am, I was there to make sure she got what she needed even though that might not necessarily be what she wanted. So I left her list at home and took mine with me. I think she will be surprised on Christmas morning and I can’t wait to see her face. Just to be on the safe side I bought the Diamondbacks hat in my size to make sure it fit at least one person in our household.

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