|If you're cold, they're cold. . . Bring them inside!|
There were no bicycles under the tree this year, though to my mind, a bicycle has always been the ultimate Christmas present. Little Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun notwithstanding, I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. Remember ads like this?
|Merry Christmas from Schwinn - 1972.|
|Always the right size and the right color.|
|And I don't think it was meant as a joke.|
Sure, gift cards can be impersonal or thoughtless. It isn't uncommon for me to clean out a drawer and find old unused gift cards that I've totally forgotten about. Cards for restaurants that I hate, or that don't have a location anywhere near my home. Or for stores that I never visit. But a card from the bike shop? I'll always find a good use for that. New gloves, tires, or tools -- there's always something I'll find that I need and will use.
It's not quite as exciting as finding a beautiful gleaming bike beside the tree - but in practicality, it's pretty close.
Wherever you are, I'm wishing you the best that the holiday season can bring you!