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Looking Forward this Christmas

I’m turning into my father.
About this time every year, my father pulls me aside and asks me to tell my five sisters that he doesn’t need any gifts for Christmas - and, “for Godsakes, please tell your sisters I don’t need more sweaters. I can’t wear the sweaters I have now. Use the money to get something nice for your mother!”
Nonetheless, every Christmas, my father receives five sweaters (I usually get him things like lug nuts), and we always get something nice for my mother.
At 51, I am beginning to hold similar sentiments about ...

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