Despite spending tons of money on me every year I never got the guitar I asked for every single year
until I was an adult and hammered home the point. (Still haven't learned to play it, but hope to take some lessons now to at least learn some songs for DS.) Also, never got the chemistry set. Nor the encyclopedias I wanted in college (pre-Internet). Yet, illustrating the point, did
get a brand new car when I was 16. Did
get Mikimoto pearls, despite having three strands already I never wore, AND the appraisal value was included in the bottom of the box! (Stupidly, I refused to accept them as I was so angry I'd been given such an unthoughtful - for me - gift. Should have sold them and gotten the new transmission I needed for my car!)
So, this year we're asked yet again for our wish lists. After spending hours thinking of gifts DS could really use and we'd really like they bought ONE item from the list. We walked in and saw the big plastic desk they'd bought and the bookshelf/storage unit, and both DH and I just stood there. We couldn't believe they'd taken it upon themselves to choose what furniture we should have in our home. I think that's actually really arrogant and not a "gift" at all. Where are we supposed to put these items? They will know we aren't using them.
Every single one of my siblings hated Christmas this year. We're so sick of it. None of us could give an acceptable
wish list, and they actually got angry with us for not being materialistic enough! I finally decided next year I'm going to ask, "So what can I put on my wish list for YOU that will make YOU happy?"
So, what do I do with the furniture? We're supposed to be grateful!
Oh, we couldn't even fit it all in the car and haven't even gone to pick it all up. Totally do not miss any of it nor are we thinking about wanting any of it. Just a waste!
Then, when I told MIL who sent two Thomas the Tank Engine items that DS really liked the book (I'd been dreading what she was going to send) she said, "Then maybe next year we can add to what he has!" He has one single tank engine. Ugh! I'm going to have to find that wooden under the bed/sofa
set I saw and make sure she understands we just don't have the room for all these sets of things! Anyone have that one?