DEAR HARRIETTE: My boyfriend usually seems to be a guy's guy. He is into sports and cars and stuff. He is also attentive to me, which I love. We go out to dinner a lot and have fun dates. But I recently discovered something odd, or at least I think so. My boyfriend canceled a date because, of all things, he wanted to watch a Christmas movie. Later, he told me that he is addicted to holiday films and he watches them religiously every year. After he told me about it, he started to invite me to watch these movies with him. It was fun for a minute as a novelty, I guess. But I'm not the girl who is interested in chick flicks, and these are like chick flicks on steroids. Am I wrong for not wanting to kick my feet up, drink cocoa and watch Santa? -- Scrooge, Dallas
DEAR SCROOGE: OK, so you are not a big sentimentalist. Look on the bright side: The holiday movie season lasts a short time -- it's actually shorter than most professional sports seasons. This is not a forever experience. While you do not have to watch every one of his holiday flicks, why not entertain him by plopping down on the sofa with him sometimes? Relationships are all about compromise and learning to appreciate and even enjoy things that your partner likes that may not be your favorite activities.
My vote is for you to watch occasionally and, more important, not express any disdain about him and his guilty pleasure. It could be much worse! Note to you: Make sure that you present him with something special and thoughtful for the holiday since you know it ranks very high on his list of priorities.