For men of a certain vintage (my husband), this is the question that pops into his mind Christmas eve about 3:00 in the afternoon as we wait for the kids to arrive, and he notices the gifts wrapped and waiting under the tree. It's likely been a fairly exhausting run up to the holidays for him this year, having had to choose a gift for me. Thankfully, if he does it early enough (like before 8:00 PM) on the eve, he can get the helpful clerk to wrap for him.
One recent Christmas, he bought himself a "man cave" clock. Clutching it in his glove-covered hands and with his homeless person toque still on, he stepped into the house and asked, "Could you wrap this and put it under the tree for me?"
I said, "NO."
Now, I know, if I had been in more of a holiday spirit, I could have
humoured him. But I wasn't in the mood for craziness. You can't make these things up.
Now that my daughter is an adult, sometimes, he tries to get her to wrap my gift BUT she usually resists the temptation to indulge her father's childish whims. He has to make the sacrifice and I have to help him find wrapping paper, scissors, tape and maybe a stick-on bow if he's feeling really festive. The ploy to make me feel sorry for him, having to use these unfamiliar tools for an unmanly task, has never worked. The Grinch makes him wrap one gift.
His reluctance to help in choosing Christmas gifts may spring from an unconscious instinct for self-preservation. I did most of my Christmas shopping yesterday and the credit card is a bit more worn. Had he seen the cost of the presents, cardiac failure would have been imminent. He has no idea what gift-giving costs and perhaps it's best being my little secret. Ho ho ho.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.