Unpleasant surprises are one thing but surprise boxed gifts wrapped neatly with a pretty pink bow are always welcome. Just look at how the Trojans celebrated when the wooden horse was brought in, and the Greeks didn't even bother to wrap it up back then. Although they are wonderful, presents for birthdays and Christmases are par for the course - and hardly reason for any extreme bout of astonishment. These days unruly packs of spoilt brats can even be seen in large department stores demanding presents at Christmas and whining tragically till their spiteful faces turn blue if their wilful demands aren't met.
Spank the lot, I say. Don't they know how special a present is? Christmas gifts are always great but there's just something delightfully extra about receiving a gift for no particular reason. Just for being you. Just because the sky wasn't gray that day. Just because.
Managing to get the whole Deeparaya break through a combination of mad bribery, sheer luck and ancient black magic, Charming Calvin ( the lucky dude! ) made a mad rush down under for a spot of rest and relaxation. Unfortunately with my packed schedule during this time of the year, I couldn't quite make it but he made up for my damned sacrifice by returning today bearing gifts. Perfectly wrapped with a ribbon too especially since I once made a withering comment about his handing over a gift that hadn't been wrapped to his friend - with price tag still tackily attached!
Though my poor Lord of Perpetual Yawn certainly didn't look like he'd managed any rest. Elbowing his way through the crowded malls for the gift and then wrapping it must have tired him out, the poor thing :)