Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love



I often tell my boyfriend of 2 years that he doesn't have a romantic bone in his body. He's an alpha male with a capital A and has, what I tell him, "cave man" views and values. As we head into our second Christmas together, I've realized that romance isn't just candlelight dinners, or sensitive words, or sky-gazing on a starry night.

His recent shopping trip for my Christmas gift(s) brought this to my attention. Suddenly, I found myself sitting back and thinking, "Aww, that's so romantic." Why? He could've taken the easy way out. When he asked me for a Christmas list, I emailed him ideas complete with purchase links. Simple...click, add to cart, purchase. He would've been done in less than ten minutes. A lot of men would've jumped at the ease of that.

Instead, he subjected himself to a full day of doing the one thing most men hate: Shopping! He left the house at 10:00 am and didn't return until nearly 5:00 pm. I have no clue exactly where he went or what I'll be opening on Christmas morning. I do know, thanks to a few phone calls exchanged throughout the day, that he spent hours at the dreaded mall, then hopped all over town, and enlisted his sister's help via phone as well. By the time he returned home, he was totally frazzled, exhausted, and teetering on the edge of a foul temper, but he had done it all for me.

I realized then that, while he may not be traditionally romantic, there are little things he has done throughout our 2 year relationship that stood out to me as being sweet at the time, but should have set off my romance meter, too. Maybe it did subconsciously. I know it certainly made me fall head over heels in love.

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30 comments:

  1. Aww - that's sweet. Mine usually asks for a list - and then completely surprises me out of the blue with something that he knows I will like - even if I never mentioned it. That's how I got my kindle last year for christmas - out of the blue.

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  4. That is so sweet! My husband has his moments as well and usually only at Christmas and Anniversary time! The rest of the year, not so much! lol

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    Happy Holidays,

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  10. Aw that is so sweet, mine hates to shop but does pretty good every year :).

    Happy Holidays!

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    Thanks for the great giveaway :)
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  12. Hubby and I stopped buy each other things for Christmas. We focus on our three sons more and on income tax we buy what we want and say "that's our christmas gift from each other". Because hubby has bought some things that insulted me like bake ware.

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  18. Thanks for the great post and Happy Holidays!
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  19. What a sweet boyfriend! Have a Merry Christmas!
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  22. What a great guy you have:)
    Happy Holidays!
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  25. Oh my husband doesn't have one "traditional romantic bone in his body". lol But some small things like know dates such as: the day we first met, the day we fisrt did it, the day we married, etc shows him really a different side of romantic. We have been together for 20 years and he has never forgotten one of these dates ever.

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  28. I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  30. My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
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