Posted by: Dr. Helen Fisher
Topic: What's the best holiday gift you ever got from a romantic partner - and why?
I simply can’t think of the best holiday present I have ever gotten from a romantic partner. I am stuck! Generally I can get on some kind of riff, but not tonight. I have gotten some lovely things. Certainly one was an incredibly taylored long sheep skin coat that was warm beyond belief, and sexy and fashionable, and just the right color. I wore it for years. Another was a record player at a time when I really needed one. But these are so trivial. I haven’t had the traumas at Christmas that other’s have had; hearing that my sweetheart was coming home from active duty in a war, for example. My gifts have all been creature comforts or lovely jewelry; happiness for me, but not much of a story.
So: of more interest to me is that tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. I always celebrate the Solstice, as men and women probably did 5,000 years ago, 25,000 years ago, even 250,000 years ago--the darkest day of the year and the return of the light. I hope this year more people will see the light, go towards the light and make some enlightened choices—a gift every one of us can give to one another on this gorgeous planet we share.