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Sunday Confessional: I Hate the Gift My Boyfriend Gave Me!

My boyfriend and I spent our first Christmas together this year. I'm a big holiday person so I went all out, spending months racking my brain to think of the perfect gift for him: a ski jacket he'd had his eye on.

We celebrated on Christmas Eve, had a lovely home-cooked meal, and snuggled up by the fireplace — it was a perfect evening. When it came time to open gifts, I wanted him to go first. All my hard work paid off because he absolutely loved it. When it was my turn to open, however, I couldn't have been more shocked — it was like he didn't know me at all!

I get that Christmas isn't all about presents, but I can't help but feel disappointed that he got me such an impersonal gift — a gift certificate to a store I would never shop at! I faked it and thanked him, but I guess my feelings were written all over my face because he knew something was wrong. I hate lying to him so can I be forgiven if I tell him the truth? I just don't think I can keep it in much longer.


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