It’s that time of year when spouses far and wide search the far recesses of the interwebs to find the exact right gift to put under the tree.
The gift that says “In the day to day trenches, it’s you I want by my side”.
The gift that says, “I heard what you said six months ago and I put it under the tree. See, I really listen!”.
The gift that says, “I know you will marry me all over again because I didn’t make you go out and buy your present”.
Hubby and I have never been extravagant gift givers. When we first met, we barely had a pot to make potato soup in, let alone extra cash for “The price tag is so big it means I love you super much” gifts under the tree. And, in those early, lean years, Merry Christmas came in the form of a new dishwasher in June or paying the IRS.
Over the years, though, Hubby has done a pretty good job of economically and tastefully saying, “You are my favorite” with a box decently wrapped on his own. Although, our tradition of doing ten items from the Dollar Store in each other’s stocking would raise some eyebrows (I got potted meat, a marijuana drug test and Season 2 of Davey and Goliath last year….).
My point: Hubby knows how to say Merry Christmas appropriately.
Well, except for that ONE year….
Everything that fateful year was progressing as it usually does: me in an egg nog induced, candy cane laced frenzy completely consumed with gifts, cooking baking, and merry making. And, of course, I was in the midst of trying to find the exact right present to put under the tree for Hubby.
As I was decking the halls while the Fruit Loops were at school, my eye caught a new package under the tree. I could tell it wasn’t one of MY presents since with it’s pink and black striped box and big silver bow, it clashed horribly with my carefully selected, expertly executed wrapping paper color scheme.
Pink and black stripes with the words “Victoria’s Secret” emblazoned across the top of the box.
Since no other man lives in this house and no other male would dare send me a present of that nature, I was pretty sure I knew the culprit behind the Box of Iniquity nestled under my tree.
Hubby, thy name is Victoria’s Secret Christmas Present Sinner.
Total Spousal Christmas Present Party Foul.
Now, before you go calling me a prude, let’s get something straight: Victoria and her Secrets have taken up residence in my lingerie drawer and I’m not one to avoid lacy undergarments. Okay, truth be told, I’ve been lighter on the lacy and since modeling my post C section body but still. Once in a while, I do get over my insecurities and will purchase a thing or two. That then sit in my drawer for the rest of eternity but they are there in case I decide my thighs are ready for that level of underwear commitment.
HOWEVER, Gentlemen, there is an unwritten rule when it comes to Victoria, her secret telling and Christmas. A PRESENT from Victoria’s Secret is NEVER for her and you know it. It’s the gift that says “Hey, baby, I wanna and I want you to wear it when we gonna”. It does NOT say “Merry Christmas, sweetie, I know you are exhausted from thirty days of merry making and I’d love for you to rest up and feel like yourself again”. Amiright, ladies?
As I stood there, at the base of my tree, staring at the garishly wrapped box, I immediately wondered if Hubby actually expected me to open the present on Christmas morning. In front of the Fruit Loops. And my PARENTS.
Hubby, until that point, was usually smarter than this.
Every day after my discovery, the pink and black monstrosity glared at me from under the tree. It was like one of those paintings where the eyes follow you: from every point in the house, my eyes could triangulate on the Box of Iniquity. I would look away but it was always THERE. Staring back saying, “Yep, you gonna have to open me and then immediately have to have a Birds and The Bees chat under the tree with the Fruit Loops”.
This Elf was NOT amused. Or the least bit excited to open my present.
Finally, Christmas morning arrived and I knew I was going to have to face Victoria and her secrets. As I doled out presents from under the tree, oohing and ahhing at everyone’s perfectly chaste, non lacy presents, I casually kept pushing the Pink and Black Box From Hell further and further toward the back of the tree. Maybe he’d forget about it. Maybe I could get away with just ignoring it’s existence. Maybe I could grab it, shove it under my holiday appropriate pajamas and run upstairs to hide it in my closet unnoticed.
No such luck, bitchachos.
In a moment that can only be described as somewhat akin to that scene in A Christmas Story where Ralphie is directed by his parents to that one last present under the tree (“Ohh, what do we have over there? Is that one more present for Mommy?”), I was given no choice. I had to open the sucker.
As I sat there, cross-legged in my Christmas tree covered pjs, I felt twitchy and instant back sweat creeped up my spine. I gingerly pulled at the garish silver bow, slooooooowly took off the top of the box, and paused as I stared at the tissue paper neatly folded in the box. As I gathered my pride and nerve, I ripped the tissue paper open.
And I stared.
And started to hysterically laugh.
Hubby had wrapped the super expensive, neoprene, latest and greatest running gloves I had asked for six months before in a box from silly little Victoria.
Note: the photo below ALSO showcases the Dollar Store can of coconut water Hubby put in my stocking. Because traditions, people. Not pictured: the offending pink and black striped box. Ahem.
So far, this year, there are no offending, seemingly Boxes of Iniquity under my tree and I’m pretty sure I’m safe from any secret telling Victoria may want to do.
But, truth be told, I’ll hold my breath while opening that big Williams Sonoma box under the tree from Hubby. He’s been known to pull a fast one Christmas morning….
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My husband buys me something from Victoria’s Secret every year and I actually like it. He has great taste (read I’ve given him strict guidelines and he actually follows them) and spends more than I ever would on myself. But I do get to open it in private so that changes things. I’m not opening that in front of my in laws!
Allison: Victoria’s Secret in private= totally fine. Victoria’s Secret under my tree in front of mah kids= grounds for candy cane beating. Thanks for reading!
I’m fine with the hubs buying me something from Victoria’s Secret that’s actually for him as long as I can buy me something from Bloomies that’s actually for me.
Bad Sandy, your comments always make me laugh out loud. Sounds like you have it all worked out, ha!!
I want to live with you. Is that weird? You guys just seem like you have so much fun no matter what you do! Hope you enjoyed those gloves. And the hubby got some. 😉
You can totally live with us but I get the middle of the family bed, okay? You’ll have to field the late night visits from the kids. Because newbie. 😉
Oh, he does appear to have your number.
At least he understands the relevance of boxes. Once my hubs was casting about for a spare box in which to wrap a set of towels we bought for a friend’s wedding. He wrapped it and put it in the car while I was getting ready. It wasn’t until we were at the wedding (I know it’s rude to bring presents to the wedding, but we were in our 20s, we didn’t observe these societal norms yet), that I realized he’d used a box from one of the presents from our own, recent wedding for the gift, and just slapped a big bow on top.
And why not? It was a nice, shiny, light blue box in which to wrap our set of Sears towels. It was the box in which our Tiffany’s crystal bowl from my parents had been stored.
I didn’t talk to him all weekend.
ManicMom, that is just perfect. And it made me crack up thinking about the scenario in my head. Men and their boxes at Christmas….remember Justin Timberlake and his box?? Ha!!
Haha, that was suspenseful! Glad it worked out. I’m with you. On the continuum of bad presents Victoria’s Secret as a gift is at one end while a new vacuum cleaner is the other end and just as horrible. Sweet spot in the middle for me is a gift card because it implies time to shop alone as well–the ultimate gift.
Oh man…I’m now having a bad mummy moment. My hubs got me some super sexy lingerie – think cheetah print and black lace…yes I really did just admit that – last year for Christmas and I did open it in front of the kids…but they were so high on ripping open their own gifts they couldn’t have cared less. He also bought me a food processor. Now I COULD tell you what my girlfriend who came over the next day said to me about aforementioned lingerie and a food processor as Christmas gifts. But I think you’d fall over and die so may be we should get to know each other better first 🙂