Going all out for Christmas presents

I like getting gifts for people more than I like receiving them. I’m having fun shopping this year. So far I’ve gotten:

A digital camera for my boyfriend Michael
A book called Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart for my dad (he is a botantist)
A Thomas Kincaid painting for my mom
A Memory Foam mattress pad for both of my parents
The biography Young Stalin for my brother Ian (an awesome book, btw, possibly the best biography I’ve ever read)

I plan to get a certain t-shirt for my friend John, and gift cards for Michael’s parents (I hate giving people gift cards, it seems to scream “I didn’t care enough to think of a specific gift for you so here’s this instead” but they asked for them), and a stuffed syphillis microbe for my brother Colin. (We hate each other. Seriously. Every year for the last few years, I’ve gotten him a stuffed microbe as a token of my disaffection and lack of esteem for him. So far he’s gotten gonorrhea, flesh-eating disease and the ebola virus. He has never commented on these gifts. In fact, we basically haven’t spoken to each other in at least five years, even though we’ve shared the same house for much of that time.)

I still haven’t decided what to get for my other friends and relatives. I’m sure I’ll think of something. I’ve got almost a month.

21 thoughts on “Going all out for Christmas presents

  1. Justin November 28, 2009 / 6:00 pm

    You realize of course, that you are letting your family and friends know what you are giving them by putting them on your blog? Perhaps it is not a surprise and they already know what they are getting, but I personally always liked the element of surprise on Christmas morning.

    I also feel squeamish about getting presents and complements. They always make me feel what I did was inadequate to what they gave me.

    Is your brother Colin the one you mentioned in your previous blogs who was the very abusive one?

    • Meaghan November 28, 2009 / 6:16 pm

      My family and friends don’t read my blog.

      And yes, Colin is the abusive one. To the point where I’ve warned people that, if I were to be murdered, he was probably the one who did it.

      • Justin November 28, 2009 / 6:19 pm

        They SAY they don’t read your blog.

        I hope the abuse wasn’t sexual.

      • Meaghan November 28, 2009 / 7:13 pm

        I’m quite sure they don’t. (A) Most of them are unaware of its existence and (B) None of them are interested in missing people.

        No, the abuse wasn’t sexual. “Merely” verbal/emotional — and being told every day from earliest childhood that you’re stupid and ugly and no loves you or ever will wreaks just as much damage to a person as being beaten up or molested. This was constant — several times a day, every day, since I was a toddler. One of my earliest memories is of wanting to ask my mother what a word meant, but being afraid to because Colin was present and I knew he’d tell me I was stupid.

        The coup de gras was when I was eighteen and away at college (and I chose a faraway school in large part to get away from him), and he hacked into my email an untold number of times over a period of months, read all my stored emails, printed some out and showed them to people, and forwarded ones about my sex life to my parents. In its way, that was far more devastating to me than the rape in June was. I’m glad I was at college when I found out about this (two days before Christmas break started) because I was so angry I think I might have bodily attacked him if I’d had the chance. Like, with a fireplace poker.

        Worst of all is that my parents have never done anything to stop this. He was very open with his abusive remarks to me, said in front of everyone, including them, and they just ignored it. And if I got angry with him they admonished me to better control myself.

      • Meaghan November 28, 2009 / 9:01 pm

        I suppose it’s possible that some of my family could be reading my blog without my knowledge. I don’t really care if they are — there’s nothing on here I’d be ashamed to have them read. And if they are reading my blog without telling me, they deserve to have their Christmas surprise spoiled.

  2. JerryG November 28, 2009 / 8:59 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed. I usually don’t know what to get anyone until about the 20th of December. You’re way ahead of me.

  3. Sheri November 28, 2009 / 10:01 pm

    Last Christmas Eve, I was grabbing crap while they were waiting to close, giving me dirty looks at Meijers, while I got the last couple things.

    Every year I promise I’ll do better, but I never do.

  4. Emma l November 30, 2009 / 12:53 pm

    In which case the present to Colin seems perfectly acceptable – very witty indeed. He sounds like right royal pain in the ar*e. I quite fancy reading the young Stalin book myself.
    I havent even started my shopping yet.

    • Emma l November 30, 2009 / 12:55 pm

      Actually I never get it when brothers are sh*tty to sisters. Arent’ they supposed to protect you? The email thing is bizarre. I suspect he is trying to make up for his own shortcomings. Are are most bullies.

      • Meaghan November 30, 2009 / 4:34 pm

        My brother has a lot of problems, problems which might have been fixed when he was a child if my parents got him psychological / psychiatric help, but they did not. He is, at 29, just recently moved out of Mom and Dad’s home (probably not forever though; he’s left and gone back before), a convicted felon who barely graduated from trade school, was discharged early from the Marines (I’m not sure of the circumstances), and works menial jobs. He treats nearly everyone in the family badly, I just get the worst of it.

  5. forthelost November 30, 2009 / 3:24 pm

    I’d love to get a giant microbe – I’m a biology nut and they’re so cute.

    • Meaghan November 30, 2009 / 4:34 pm

      Maybe I’ll buy you one sometime.

      • forthelost November 30, 2009 / 8:33 pm

        Thanks, but I think you should save your money for someone who deserves it.

    • JerryG December 1, 2009 / 3:14 am

      My sister is a doctor and has some of them. She bought them for her future kids. She’s way ahead of herself though, I mean she needs a boyfriend first…

      • forthelost December 2, 2009 / 12:51 am

        I think anthrax is adorable. And I want to get yeast for my sister, because she adores bread so much.

      • Meaghan December 2, 2009 / 9:09 am

        It’s not every day that you encounter a sentence like “I think anthrax is adorable.”

        I bought bookworms for two librarian friends of mine.

  6. Kat November 30, 2009 / 7:06 pm

    Hilarious. Can’t decide if I would do the same thing for my loser bro or just be happy the last year and change has been happy and quiet. But that is an inspired gift! Though, dunno, might be a waste of $.

  7. Emma l December 1, 2009 / 9:42 am

    Meaghan that is awful & also very sad. I always ponder how peoples lives could have turned out very differently. My mother has psychological problems. She would defiently blame her parents for them if you asked her. I have some sympathy with her, however as she is nearly 50 I think there comes a time when you have to take responsibility for yourself. And I’m pretty sure the cut off for that is way before you reach the half century mark.

  8. thegreatrockyhill December 12, 2009 / 10:03 pm

    Your brother needs to spend ten minutes with me in a cage and a waiver. I won’t kill him, I promise. He might need a cane for a while though.

    I’m all the more appreciative of my own family, imperfect as they are at times.


  9. Bill December 22, 2009 / 8:09 pm

    I was afraid to say what you said, but I’m glad you said it.

    I don’t know Meaghan personally, although I have written about her,
    and I certainly don’t know anyone in her family.

    For this reason I was afraid to say anything, but felt sad reading about how her brother treated her. Your comment made me smile! Thanks!

    My impression of Meaghan is that she is probably the most unselfish person we’ll ever know, for giving so much of her time to missing persons and their families, and deserving of all the love and support we can give her.

    Hang in there, Meaghan! We love you! Don’t let the Holiday Blues get you down!

    • Meaghan December 23, 2009 / 1:04 pm

      *blushes and ducks under the table*

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