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Postby Patrysha on Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:54 pm

I don't stress about it.

We (as in the kids and I) bake, we do crafts and we have fun along the way. I do all my shopping on December 23rd and that's it. One day and done. Well not even a day, 2 hours. I hate shoppping and I just buy what hits me as the gift in that particular moment. Every year the boys say "This was the best Christmas Ever!" and they mean it. So I'm not changing a thing....

Some years we do more, some years we do less (in terms of time and activities together)...they always only get 3 gifts each - and sometimes those are shared gifts - like the year we got the Gamecube that was considered one gift for two boys...so they each only got two more.

I have one gift to buy that I don't like buying and that's work related...but I hate shopping!! So that's why I hate it...Stupid Secret Santa
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Postby soapin'Angela on Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:43 pm

I hate rushing around last minute.. and I hate spending hundreds of dollars on gifts I don't even know people want.

So, this year everyone's getting cookies that my son and I are going to bake (and either freeze the cookies or freeze the batter so we can make ahead). I think it will be fun for us to spend that time together baking and also if I plan it right we can save some money (I'm thinking we can get away with $10 a gift with proper planning).
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Postby AngieDixon on Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:23 pm

That sounds great. My kids and I made fudge one year, and it was very welcome. What we're doing this year is giving mosquito nets through nothingbutnets.com, to people who need them. It's $10 a net, and we're giving two nets from each of our giftees. We don't gift to very many people, but none of them need another "thing" in their home.
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Postby Mila on Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:13 am

Yes, we decided about a month ago that we are going to make presents for people this year - edible stuff is always great so that's what everyone is getting. Not necessarily cause I want to be cheap but because I don't want to buy into all the commercialism.

I grew up with a mother that always went over the top. She would even go into debt to buy stuff for EVERYONE. I don't think that's what Christmas should be like. People should understand that you may not have enough money or be able to get everyone a present or that a small something to show that you're thinking about them should do. To be honest, I think most people do understand it's just the person going over the top that feels they have to do that?

I'm not sure but I've never been one to worry much about these things. I give what I can, when I can and when I feel it's appropriate. My friends and family know I care about them.

Also, I would rather give people a practical gift they can really use. Like when I used to work in an office a long time ago they would give employees a turkey on Thanksgiving. I was single and thinking what am I supposed to do with this thing? I'd rather they would have given me money! haha
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Postby Nell Taliercio on Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:08 pm

I do gift buying online for most everyone. We don't have family that comes to stay with us, we don't have a lot of get togethers. It's pretty normal around here except for all the fun family stuff we get to do together :)

I also have no problem saying no...and neither does hubby. It saves us from a lot more stress than we could handle.

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We also don't buy for everybody under the sun. We've got a small, but important group of people we buy for and they understand that we can't go all out.
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Postby Traci on Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:29 pm

I stress.

Do you realize there are only about nine days left to get ready? Get ready? How about get started.
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Postby DianaWalker on Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:23 am

I used to stress a lot.
My last 2 years have been about simplifying, simplifying, simplifying, so that includes Christmas!
I love certain parts of the season, but definitely not the shopping, so I'm keeping it really simple.
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Postby mamabear on Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:37 pm

I'm trying to keep it simple this year also. I do most of my shopping in the stores, but I did order a few things online this year.

My mother is coming in to stay for a week with us this holiday, so I may need that wine :wink:
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