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     With the Christmas is just around the corner, many of us have the similar shopping experience to purchase appropriate gifts for family and relatives which is already a headache job, Let alone buy presents for friends and workmates as well. In North America, There is a game named the secret gift-giving which special selected gifts are given to someone who have some problems in this connection. Although it exists with long history and is consided as a harmless Christmas tradition, it still brings anxiety, faux pas and unhappy, especially to new immigrants from the different cultures.

     The gift-giving game sometimes is metaphorical, tart, sarcastic. It could be a potential minefield of social gaffe and present embarrassing quandary. By giving forth deliberately playing-a-practical-joke on someone would cause conflicts and dissatisfaction. People would know what others really think of them from the gifts they receive. For example, If someone is not used to bathing everyday, he would be nervous to get something like lotion, soap, shampoo and deodorant. Of course, Everyone knows what it means about when he receives a gift of coupon of Fitness Club. In this game, there are always some overzealous guys to bring in inappropriate gifts to play tricks or pranks.

     As an old saying goes:”Courtesy demands reciprocity” or “Dealing with a man as he deals with you”.  I had a personal scenario that made me apprehensive. I unexpectedly got something very thoughtful and personalized stuff from a workmate whom I talked a little only on the matters in working last year. I totally were caught off guard at that time and had nothing prepared for him in return. Under desperation, I ended up fumbling in my purse to get a comsumption card of 20 bucks for Tim Hortons, hastily wrapping it in printer paper and offering it up with a sheepish “…um… Merry Christmas”. It looked like he had enough coffee to drink without pay for next couple of weeeks.

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