I have 2 reasons: One, people are too caught up in what other people are getting and get upset if they can't match or out do their friends and/or family. ("I got a 12 karat diamond necklace with the word 'mother' written in sahpires! What did you get?") And two, people expect perfection, but never explain what that means to them. If they communicate better, they can get what they want. I'm not talking gift-wise neccessarily(althoug is couild apply in some cases), but more what they picture for that holiday to be a good day. If they are truthful and say what they want (within reason, of course) and get what they asked for, there is no reason not to be greatful. Today, I asked my husband to cook me breakfast, he cooked me breakfast. It was great! I didn't say "Nothing" and expect a grand guessture or say "Let's stay home." but secretly wish he would wake up and say let's go out. Made my whole holiday very nice!
at 10:31 PM on May. 10, 2009