I am so excited that Christmas is almost here. The lights are up outside the house. The Christmas Tree is decorated. My stocking is hung by the chimney with care.
I’ve finished most of my Christmas shopping, but I still have to get a present for my girlfriend. I want it to be perfect so that she knows just how much I love her. It would be cool if she bragged to her friends for weeks, maybe even months, about how awesome I am because I got her the perfect Christmas gift.
Can you give a fellow Modern Philosopher a hand with this? I read your Friday Night Think Tank post about how your first Christmas with your ex-wife made you realize that the Holiday was about spoiling the ones you love. Please help me do this.
Also, could you help me to find a girlfriend so that we can then go and get her the perfect Christmas present?
Putting the Cart Before the Horse
I chose your letter for this week’s advice column because I always love an unexpected ending. You really caught me by surprise with this one.
As a fellow single guy at the Holidays, I feel your pain and understand what’s going on inside your heart. You want to spoil someone, make her feel like the most important person in the world, and brighten her Christmas. That’s perfectly understandable.
If you cannot fill your heart with love this Holiday Season, I advise you to fill it with the Christmas Spirit!
I know it’s not the same as having someone special to hold hands with as you sip eggnog in front of the tree, and I know you can’t kiss the Christmas Spirit under the mistletoe, or take it as your date to the office Christmas party.
There’s no reason your Holidays have to be dark and grim simply because you’re single. The Christmas Spirit fills your life with light, love, and happiness.
I’m told that women are very attracted to men who show they can open their hearts to the Christmas Spirit. I say go for it and see where it takes you.