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  1. Vanna Keiler

    Perhaps it’s just me, but I think the feeling of discomfort should have arrived with the arrival of the car. Money for Christmas gifts, unless it is in the thousands, would pale by comparison and should be an after-thought.

    A “nominally” close friend deserves to understand where the friendship boundaries lie, and accepting an item such as a car, with a thank you note only, is not in my viewpoint, thanks enough, nor is it a great idea. For example, suspicions are arriving at the generosity of this “nominal friend”, instead of thoughts of gratitude. Frankly, I feel sorry for the nominal friend.

    I think the proper and etiquettely-acceptable thing to do would be to refuse the car on behalf of the son (or have him return it, ideally, with thanks) and feel grateful that the family is in company with a very generous individual. If the nominal part turns into a genuine and longer-lasting friendship, then perhaps a son or daughter would feel more worthy of such a grand gift.

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