Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Every time I see someone on a TV show shaking a present, I want to scream at them. That shaking may be the biggest mistake they can make.

When I was about 12 years old all the presents were under the tree for several days before Christmas. I was overtaken by curiosity and shook a present meant for me. It made a little noise and for days I shook it trying to guess. What was it. It was a small, square box.

Finally, the big day arrived and I opened my presents. There in the box that I had been checking out for many days was a watch. This was a very nice Swiss watch, gold in color, just what a young girl would want. My joy was short lived though.

About two days after Christmas my beautiful new watch stopped working. I had to give it up so it would be repaired. After the repair I had many years of faithful service from this watch.

But, I will never know if my curiosity caused the problem or if it would have stopped anyway. I do know that I have never, and will never again, take a chance. I don't shake Christmas presents, I'm content to wait until the Big Day, Christmas.


BetteJo said...

I can't let my daughter NEAR a present ahead of time. She doesn't shake roughly, she picks it up and weighs it in her hands. She moves it from side to side a bit to see if it moves or if she hears liquid. She's got it down. She can figure out anything I'm giving her so I just don't let her see until Christmas morning. She's 24 and coming to spend the night Christmas Eve so she can be the first up in the morning looking at and touching everything, and getting into her stocking. It's too funny.

Snooty Primadona said...

I've always had to wait until the last minute to put gifts under the tree because the kids (albeit grown) are shakers as well. Gawd, I hope they don't shake their babies too (if they ever get married & have them). *SIGH*

Here's wishing you the merriest of Christmases!

Mary P said...

Yes! Merry Christmas everyone!