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Old 12-27-2010, 07:17 AM   #11
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We stopped buying gifts for the extended family members a few years ago. We were all just exchanging gift cards and gift certificates anyway and it seemed silly at that point to so we just send Christmas Cards now. We just exchange gifts between the two of us and we get something small for the neighbors and their children and send flowers to Mom and Gram.

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Old 12-27-2010, 07:57 PM   #12
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we tried drawing names except for the kids. didn't work. the way it is now if you want to give a gift or homemade jam (my daughter does that) i still spend the most on my great grand daughters. even there i only buy them one gift. or i make something that i know they want. i had a little extra money this year so none of it was a strain on the pocketbook. i think everyone in our family is understanding if someone else has had a tough year money wise. i love christmas and often wish i had lots of money so i could indulge everyone. i love them all so much and would miss doing it for them. each of us is different, if you don't truly enjoy the gifting, then don't do it.

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Old 12-27-2010, 10:49 PM   #13
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Buckey, don't feel all alone. I'm the one in my family who said, "enough is enough". We have a quite large family, and all my nieces, nephews, and brothers-in-law want really expensive stuff that I don't even know how to buy, much less can afford it. We went to exchanging names, but after a few years of that, when my husband got a T-shirt that was a freebie one of my BILs got with an expensive pair of sunglasses he bought for himself, but Mom said everyone was hoping we got their name, roll of eyes. This has to stop. It isn't ba-humbug. It is I must be insane. Now I buy big packages of fancy foods (all my immediate family love really good food), and my family loves it. But if I still lived near them, I doubt I could get away with it.

This year my mom told me that Daddy can't take the strong, aged cheese I send. Ok, I'll go for a milder one. In the background I heard a sister yell something like H''' no! I want that cheese. Then I asked how the basil cheese went over. Another sis yelled, don't you dare stop that one!. So I buy several food packages, knowing my family as I do (heck, we love our food, and two sisters are marathon runners, so can consume tons of it), so I put a little of this and that in it and everyone is happy. Works a lot better than when I actually had to try to think of something for everyone. Guess I've just gotten lazy!
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:21 AM   #14
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I put a cap on how much to spend. It's the thought that counts. I try to buy gifts from charitable organisations so that those less fortunate are also benefiting.
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:04 AM   #15
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i say, 'tis better 2 give than 2 receive. i give when contending w/ luved ones.

i believe that life would not be complete sans comfy 'ol tee-shirts, the Golden Girls, and the color pink
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