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John Lamb, Published December 18 2010

Lamb: Giving gift of a Lifetime

Sometime the best gift is simply receiving it.

For example, my neighbor at work, Tammy Swift, looks at me at least once a week and says, “I have a great idea for a column for you.”

At that point I know it’s probably not an idea I want to follow through with.

In all fairness, her ideas aren’t necessarily bad, just not things I get excited about because the unifying theme has me doing things I don’t want to do.

“You and I should go around town wearing Snuggies,” she’d say. I’d explain that we bicker enough at work that people think we’re married and going out on the town dressed alike wouldn’t help change that impression.

“You should wear Spanx for men and write about that,” she’s said more than once, referring to the male girdle – though the ads apply a more macho spin, calling it a “physique-improving, game-changing” compression T-shirt.

Someone more self-conscious might shoot back, “Are you trying to

say I’m fat?” But I am so comfortable with my appearance that I just wrapped myself in another Snuggie and noshed on candied bacon.

So when she suggested I spend a week watching the Christmas specials on Lifetime TV, my initial reaction was to pull that Snuggie over my head.

But then I thought, “Well, it is the Christmas season, and Tammy is so hard to shop for.”

So here, wrapped up with a pretty bow, is what I learned from my week watching “Wifetime.”

Actually, ABC Family has all the ’90s hotties. Not only Doherty, but also Tori Spelling’s “A Carol Christmas” and Jenny McCarthy’s “Santa Baby” and “Santa Baby 2.”

I hope Tammy suggests I watch and write about that network’s “25 Days of Christmas” lineup next year. That would be a great gift for her.

Maybe she is easy to shop for after all.

Readers can reach Forum columnist John Lamb at (701) 241-5533