The Perfect Gifts, by Ann-Louise Truschel

“Thank you for the delicious chocolates, Raymond. My favorites. You’re such thoughtful nephew!” she says into the phone.

“You’ve always been special to us, Aunt Charlotte. You never forget us at Christmas.”

They share a few more pleasantries, and then she says goodbye and hangs up.

She adds the chocolates to the two trays of cookies, the box of Turkish Delights, and the bag of peppermint-coated pretzels.

If I eat all of this I’ll weigh 400 pounds, she thinks to herself.

She gathers them up, takes them to her car, and begins driving to friends’ houses, regifting as she goes.


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