I love this video, and it's perfect for this thread. It's a song about "present face", and how it's hard to hide your true feelings about gifts sometimes. Fair warning, they joke about Jesus, so if that sort of thing offends you, please don't watch.
Ahaha, that's great! I kinda love how everyone in that vid is doing their best to be so polite and gracious even tho they are disappointed.
My own story about a disappointing gift. I was young, maybe 7-8 and at the family Christmas, my aunt gave me a tray table with legs, like you'd use to serve an invalid in bed. If I knew the term then, it would have been a total WTheck?!? moment. I was expecting a toy, or a pretty hat and scarf set (the usual). But I rallied my forces, smiled and said "Oh thank
you!" tendered the kiss on the cheek and we moved on.
Over the next few years that tray table came to symbolize my most precious moments with my mom. I was the second of 4 kids, and frankly, considered the last two completely unnecessary to my happiness. Not only that, they took my mom's time and attention away from me! Days when I was home sick from school were really the only time when I had my mom's full attention. Remembering her walking into my room with the weak tea and chicken soup on that tray are some of the best memories of my childhood. (and yeah, I faked sick just to experience them).
I admit to being a self-centered little beast, but I was still a polite one, cuz that's how I was raised. And when my aunt was dying last year, I got to tell her just how much I loved that tray table.