He got it open, was “mildly enthused” about the gift, and then moved on. He was handed another gift, and his mother innocently said, “Don’t worry, I won’t tell you how to open it!” The nerve! Later, OP’s in-laws handed her their gift, commenting with an insincere apology about how it didn’t have a bow. She thought she’d committed some terrible faux pas against the Christmas Code for putting bows and ribbons on her gifts.

That afternoon, OP overheard all the women complaining behind her back about “how utterly terrible” she was at domestic things, how she’d clearly paid to have her gifts professionally wrapped, how she gave terrible gifts, and how she was ungrateful for what they gave her. It was a disaster. But even worse was how her husband responded.


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