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So over the weekend we got ourselves a fake - er I mean "artificial" - tree. I used to abhor the idea of a fake tree. Probably because they used to look fake. But now they don't. Now there are some really nice ones. And there's no fussing with light strings. No needles to sweep up every two seconds. Nothing to be watered. No fuss, no mess, all joy. And no need to go out in the cold and buy a tree that was killed for our convenience each year. The only thing missing is the evergreen scent, and you can get that in a candle these days.
So as I sit in my comfy chair and write this post while gazing at our beautiful fake tree, I now am trying to come up with gifts that are no fuss, no mess. Easy, yet amazing. I encounter a big blank slate each Christmas with my Dad.
Why are fathers so challenging to shop for? Probably because they are happy with a handful of things. And once they have them they are pretty set. My dad golfs. Therefore over the years, we have all procured for him every golf related item known to mankind. He could open his own golf shop at this point with all of the stuff we've given him. That hobby is all set. He is retired now, so he just goes out and buys whatever those few other things are that he wants. Which leaves slim pickins for the rest of us.
One year, while at a Patriots game, I overheard the people sitting behind us talking about a replica leg lamp from the movie "A Christmas Story" that they had ordered as a gag gift for someone. Well. If there is something that my father loves more than golf and his family, it is that movie. I found the lamp, complete with a shipping box stamped "FRAGILE," and gave him the best present ever. He loves that lamp. My mom lets him display it front and center during the holidays - she gets a kick out of it too. We all do. But now I am forever doomed. Nothing I give from this day forward will ever top that damn lamp.
So I need to know - what is the best present you ever gave your Dad? It could be that your awesome gift is something I haven't thought of yet. Something that would be perfect for my father this year. Maybe it isn't quite leg lamp caliber, but at this point I need all the help I can get.