I just got back to Bozeman from spending the Holidays with my family in Boise. I had a wonderful time and it was nice to get away and relax. Since I moved to Bozeman, my mom has went above and beyond to make sure that I'm prepared for the cold Montana winter. She's bought me clothes, space heaters, etc...

I have never been good about receiving gifts. I always feel guilty accepting them. Especially when it comes to my mom. She spends so much time worrying about other people that she often forgets about herself. She asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I told her to spoil and pamper herself, and that is the best gift she could give me.

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Instead of doing that, my mom bought be a new snowboard, boots, and bindings because I had told her I wanted to get back into snowboarding. If you know anything about snowboarding, you know that it's not a cheap sport to get into. Long story short, she spent way too much money on me for Christmas. I was excited about getting a new snowboard, but the guilt I felt overpowered the excitement. The day after Christmas I told her that we needed to take it back, and that it was too much. After all, I didn't need it, I just wanted it. No matter how much I pleaded to her that we should take it back, she refused. She said she just wanted me to be happy. It was hard to do that considering the guilt I was feeling because I knew how much money she spent on it.

I ended up keeping the snowboard, and look forward to putting it to good use at Big Sky and Bridger. I still feel like I should've returned it.

What would you have done?

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