Don’t just give Christmas gifts…use Christmas gifting to teach your children.
Each December my dad took my brother and I to New York City to do two things. We ate at a great hamburger restaurant called Choo Choo Burger. But before eating we went to Macy’s to purchase my mom a night gown.
It was horrible! Two boys and a man standing in the negligee section. Wow! We couldn’t even say the word negligee, let alone want to be there watching my dad laugh at us as he held up a night gown. I kept thinking, “What if someone I know sees me standing here?” My dad seemed to enjoy putting us through the humiliation.
Fast forward two decades. Rosemary and I were finishing up Christmas day, and cleaning up the wrapping paper. At that Christmas we had been married for six years. Sitting down I sensed I needed to say something.
“I didn’t really get you what you wanted this year did I” I asked. “I mean I thought I got you what you asked for.”
Then she replied, “Christmas was great, but if you were to get me one more thing I wish you would get me something that said I’m still sexy to you…a night gown or something like that.
I finally got it. Dad wasn’t trying to humiliate us, he was training us to be husbands.