Saturday, December 18, 2004

Public Opinion Poll

Posted by Hello

Not that I have to do what every one else does... but I am curious.

My extended family seems to have the same discussion every Christmas lately, about who to buy gifts for.
In the past, everyone bought for everyone. The obscenely large pile of presents dwarfed the tree and took hours to open. Materialism at it's finest. We bought into the commercialism of Christmas with abandom. It was awesome.

I'd love to say that our desire to simplify and add meaning to our Christmas has caused us to re-think our giving habits. But no, it's mostly a financial decision. Plus, there's the question of how long do siblings give gifts to each other families? Forever?

What does your family do? Do you continue to buy for all your brothers/sisters and their spouses and their children and their children's spouses? (No, none of my nieces or nephews are married yet. But I'm thinking ahead.)

Drop me a line, and let me know how your family 'does Christmas'.

Three things I'm thankful for:
1. The timer we added to the string of lights on the tree outside. Yay. No more midnight walks out to the end of the driveway to yank out the plug.
2. The rain didn't start til after we wandered through the Christmas Tree lot for an hour, cut down the perfect one, brought it home and set 'er up.
3. I bought another gift on Friday. Yay. 5 done.

Take care,


Anonymous said...

we pick names. $20 gifts. Seems to work OK. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Grandma and Grandpa give to everyone, and receive from everyone. In modest amounts. But their kids (siblings and spouses) don't exchange, only the grandchildren do -- by drawing names, $15 limit. This works well. $15 is just right, not too much (there's a lot of disappointment in a bad $25 choice when the next person got a great gift) nor too little ($15 buys a CD, game, Joe Boxers, t-shirt, toque, movie tickets ...). Merry Minimal Christmas!

Jane said...

Thank you, anonymous readers for your comments. I had a feeling I had only 2 readers who checked in 50 times a day each...