In 2014 I have spent a total of 4 weeks at home with my family. I went to college on the other side of the country and now I work hundreds of miles away from my parents with no real idea when I will be able to take time off to visit them. Luckily, I will be going home for a week for Christmas this year and will be able to sleep in my bed, hang out with my dog, and actually spend time with my family (not just see their faces via Skype once a week) Because I am going home, I had some super stressful Christmas shopping to do before I got on my flight - and I ran into the annual problem of 'what the heck can I get my dad for Christmas?!' He flies planes, loves history, watches tons of movies, but I still can never seem to find the right present. Until I realized something mid-shopping spree. When my parents ask me what I want for Christmas or my birthday, I usually have one or two books in mind, but other than that I just want to spend time with my family and friends. And in my frantic christmas shopping I realized that that is all my parents want too. With me, the only child, out of the house my parents are (hopefully!!!) really excited to have me home for the holidays. So I'm going to use my time at home to make up for all the time I've spent away. Rather than stressing over gifts, I'm looking forward to spending some much needed daddy-daughter time this Christmas and to thank my parents for letting me adventure off so far from home. Because in the end, Christmas presents don't really matter, it's the time you spend and who you spend it with. So don't worry about giving your dad a tie every single year. I'm sure he loves it! PS Don't worry Dad, if you're reading this, - I did buy you a gift! And, if you can believe it - it isn't a tie!