One Gift

It’s Christmas Eve.  Warm light from the tree in the corner colors the room in a soft glow and illuminates the bounty of gifts that lay on the skirt at its feet.

You and your lover sit, cozy on the couch, while the soft strains of holiday music plays over the hidden in-wall speakers.  It has become tradition for you to each open one gift after dinner on Christmas Eve.  One gift.  A tease before the big day.

Your lover has added a new element to the tradition.  You take turns to pick each other’s gift while the other waits, blindfolded.

You reach forward and touch the satin of the ribbon on the gift before you.  You pull the bow and feel it fall into your lap before you remove your blindfold.

What is your gift?

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