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Mullane: A rock and roll Christmas this year and every year

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Now it’s easy to make fun of millennials. They tend toward self-parody with their tattoos, manbuns, complicated coffee orders, fussy beer, over reliance on “data,” and gender-benderism.

Christmas gift giving is a chore.

You get what you think is right for people, but there are mistakes. A few Christmases ago, a friend got his wife a new upright vacuum cleaner. He posted a pic of the machine on Facebook prior to wrapping. A woman commented, “Unless that thing has a diamond bracelet wrapped around the handle, don’t do it!”

They’re still together, so I guess it worked out.

The best are the gifts that are instantly loved. That streak of joy that crosses their face when they open and realize what it is. Nothing like it. You’re just as happy, too. And you learn again that it’s the giving not the receiving that matters more.

And that’s my problem this year. There’s a person I’d like to get a gift for, a gift that would bring something missing in their life, which is joy. Actually, it’s not just one person, but a whole generation, the millennials. They are the Americans who turned 23-38 this year. All year I’ve read about them. It’s usually bad press. They are, according to reports and surveys and studies, the most unhappy of the living generations of Americas.


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