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Christmas Is Almost Here.Been Naughty? Nice?

imageMary Valmont
Age 42
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Research psychologist

What's the worst Christmas present you've ever gotten?Two incredibly dull, plain sweatshirts from a new boyfriend. I found out he gave the exact genderless thing to his mother.

What's the worst one you've ever given? A friend of mine lost her mother, and I gave her a picture of the two of them. Inadvertently, it triggered a lot of pain, so it was very awkward.

What do you want most for Christmas this year? To find out I'll be able to run again. A city bus ran over a Con Edison construction plate and flipped it onto my foot. I spent a week in Bellevue. My toes are only recently looking like toes again. I'm supposed to find out today how well I'm doing.


imageScott Lustig
Age42
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Systems analyst

What's the worst Christmas present you've ever gotten? The year I was expecting a CD player and I ended up with tools. They were RoboGrips, but I wanted the label to say Aiwa.

What's the worst one you've ever given? I gave my wife, who was then my girlfriend, an empty box which I said was full of "hopes and wishes." She didn't think it was funny, particularly when she was expecting an engagement ring. It didn't matter that I had blown my wad on a shearling coat for her—the whole thing just failed.

What do you want most for Christmas this year? I still don't have the CD player. I want the one with the radio in it.


imageKenan Baluken
Age24
Resides New Jersey
Occupation Market scientist

What's the worst Christmas present you've ever gotten? A carton of cigarettes. A kid I was mentoring gave it to me.

What's the worst one you've ever given? A watch that my father never wore. I think it wasn't expensive enough for him.

What do you want most for Christmas this year? A trip to Jamaica. I want someone to buy the tickets and make the hotel reservations. All I'd have to do is get on the plane.


imageBeate Von Stutterheim
Age40
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Housewife

What's the worst Christmas present you've ever gotten? A flannel nightgown from my first husband. It had lace around the neck. We got divorced a month later.

What's the worst one you've ever given? I gave my sister-in-law a bad-quality cashmere sweater that I knew would fall apart.

What do you want most for Christmas this year? I am living my fantasy—I get what I want ever since I married my second husband.


imageSake Nibe
Age28
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Jewelry designer

What's the worst Christmas present you've ever gotten? Getting nothing is the worst. My boyfriend doesn't believe in Christmas, so he doesn't buy me anything. I'm actually still waiting for my birthday present from two months ago.

What's the worst one you've ever given? I always give nice things.

What do you want most for Christmas this year? I've been looking for pink leather or vinyl boots, which I'm clearly going to have to give myself for Christmas.


imageDavid Seabrook
Age40
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Clerk, postal service

What's the worst Christmas present you've ever gotten? My father gave me a brown hat with fur and leather. I looked like a military cadet and it was awful.

What's the worst one you've ever given? Doing some last-minute, desperation shopping, I stopped a woman with a comb in her hair and asked where she'd gotten it. It turned out that she bought it in the store where she worked. When I went there, and paid $25 for the thing, I was sure she'd called ahead and said, "Some schmuck is coming, you can charge him whatever you want."

What do you want most for Christmas this year? If I got a laptop computer, I'd be on top of the world.


imageMaggie Curran
Age21
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Retired

Age over 21 Resides

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What's the worst Christmas present you've ever gotten? A divorce. It was broken to the family at Christmas. They had to know because my husband was moving out of the house the first of the new year.

What's the worst one you've ever given? I don't know—nobody ever told me if they hated what I gave them.

What do you want most for Christmas this year? An open-ended gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.

 
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