I always had such hope that THIS time Christmas would be wonderful. From my earliest memory of getting to open a gift Christmas Eve and it always being PJs or socks and underwear — yep for a small child . . to being older and being asked what 1 thing I really wanted and seeing my older sister being gifted what I asked for then being told “Official Thankmas 2022 Ugly shirt”. Fast forward to teen years and there is a HUGE box with no name on it, Mom tells me to open it so I am tearing into it! Finally something other than socks, pjs and underwear for ME! Nope, it was a group gift to “the kids” of a portable stereo — which was kindof great except I didn’t have a single record so my older siblings were the ones that the gift was for, I just was allowed to open it. Most Christmases were like that, had a younger sister by then (11 year younger) so she got to hang a stocking for Santa to fill, I don’t remember ever getting a stocking when I was a kid.