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Old 12-05-2011, 06:16 PM   #501
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We've cut way back. My soon to be 4 y.o. niece has a birthday just before Christmas, sent her a collection of classic Disney Little Golden books, (Dumbo, Bambi, Snow White, etc.) today. Haven't yet figured out Christmas. Her dad works for a major shopping network and can get just about anything at a significant discount. Then we get stuff for my mom and DH's parents, who don't need "things" anymore, so they get consumables. I was going to send Mom some Lindor Truffles in her care package, but she can't taste them.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:20 PM   #502
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Still recovering from my annual Christmas party. House is almost clean. Toilet backed up and spent the wee hours plunging. Fun, fun. But the party was a success and I have a ton of food to bring to our food bank tomorrow!
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:26 PM   #503
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Sitting here looking at my Christmas list. Happy to say its coming along. The hard thing is trying to figure out what to get my grandson in Paris. Hopefully my DL will come up with an idea pretty soon. I have 20 to buy for, how about you?

I forgot to add that I also have to buy three birthday gifts right before Christmas. One DIL is the 18th, a SIL is the 21 and another DIL is the 23rd. I am just getting them gift certificates.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:27 PM   #504
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We've cut way back. My soon to be 4 y.o. niece has a birthday just before Christmas, sent her a collection of classic Disney Little Golden books, (Dumbo, Bambi, Snow White, etc.) today. Haven't yet figured out Christmas. Her dad works for a major shopping network and can get just about anything at a significant discount. Then we get stuff for my mom and DH's parents, who don't need "things" anymore, so they get consumables. I was going to send Mom some Lindor Truffles in her care package, but she can't taste them.

just curious, who is getting one of your jars of bacon jam for xmas, dawg? have you been able to decide on the lucky recipient?
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:39 PM   #505
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just curious, who is getting one of your jars of bacon jam for xmas, dawg? have you been able to decide on the lucky recipient?
I've got a couple foodie friends in mind who wouldn't turn up their noses at such a strange condiment, Vit! Have not yet decided.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:46 PM   #506
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I have almost totally given up on buying Christmas gifts. I do go to our small-tourist-town merchants and buy fancy food items and put together a box for my family. Send it to the folks and tell them to share when and wherever they wish (siblings, nieces & nephews, friends). Hubby and I don't do it at all any more, preferring to wait and use the $$ on something the both of us can enjoy. I stopped buying gifts for every relative over a decade ago, and you don't know how freeing it was. Now I go through stores and notice how everyone else is in major depression or anger (watch out in parking lots!). I do drop by a favorite bar owner's place, and she tells me what some family in need wishes for. That is fun shopping. I throw an annual party where I collect for the food bank, and of course talk to the people who run the bank and shop for what they need. This, to me, is fun shopping; that is to say actually buying something for someone who needs it. For years I was trying to figure out what my nearest and dearest wanted when they have all the newest bells & whistles and don't need a darned thing!
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:04 PM   #507
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I have almost totally given up on buying Christmas gifts. I do go to our small-tourist-town merchants and buy fancy food items and put together a box for my family. Send it to the folks and tell them to share when and wherever they wish (siblings, nieces & nephews, friends). Hubby and I don't do it at all any more, preferring to wait and use the $$ on something the both of us can enjoy. I stopped buying gifts for every relative over a decade ago, and you don't know how freeing it was. Now I go through stores and notice how everyone else is in major depression or anger (watch out in parking lots!). I do drop by a favorite bar owner's place, and she tells me what some family in need wishes for. That is fun shopping. I throw an annual party where I collect for the food bank, and of course talk to the people who run the bank and shop for what they need. This, to me, is fun shopping; that is to say actually buying something for someone who needs it. For years I was trying to figure out what my nearest and dearest wanted when they have all the newest bells & whistles and don't need a darned thing!
Amen, Claire! In the past I bought and/or made gifts for +/- 30 people. The other nieces and nephews are all grown up now, even though time got away from me, and I was sending cash gifts to them into their mid 20’s! DH and I take trips or I get us both some type of electronics. We give to the food banks and Salvation Army. I also help out my cleaning lady.

What a nice thing you do, having a food bank party!
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:18 PM   #508
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I don't do much Christmas shopping anymore.

A trip to the bank, liquor store, candy shop etc....

The only fun one is for my sister. Each year I keep an eye out for some outrageous item at a flea market or thrift store. It only costs a few dollars and we get a laugh out of it. She does the same for me. Life in the fast lane!
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I hit the Wish/Angel trees in the stores for kids in need. Shrek and I buy for each other. Everyone else gets Birthday presents, that is spread out through the year and easier to manage and afford.
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With my insurance savings today I've been thinking about increasing my Christmas list
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