Aunt Gloria and the Best Christmas Gift Ever

My favorite part of Christmas when I was growing up was when my large extended Portuguese family would gather in Fairhaven with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and great aunts and great uncles. For many years, while she was still alive, my great Aunt Gloria was the star gift giver – because her gifts were so…so…well….horrible. Aunt Gloria’s gifts were so bad they were fantastic.  When the time came to open gifts from Aunt Gloria it was like an annual holiday comedy special.  Charlie Brown and the Grinch and Rudolph had nothing on Aunt Gloria’s gifts as a yearly event.

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