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Registered: 10-10-2003
& & & LATE QOTD for TUESDAY & & &
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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 8:23pm

I read an article today that talked about banning Christmas presents.

I'm not for banning presents, but I do think that we could maybe tone it down a bit.

I think the whole Christmas season has been taken over by dollar signs and has been heading this direction for quite some time now.

What do you think?

Does the pressure of the holidays get to you?

Or do you enjoy it?

Do you buy for everyone?

Or are you making changes in your gift giving?

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Registered: 04-01-2002

We can definitely tune it down. But I doubt my mom will. Or my sister. Since she moved back home she has a lot of extra money on hand, and no kids of her own. I will say that my family makes it almost a game to see how little we can spend. The kids love the display of presents, but that doesn't mean there is a lot of value under that tree.

For example; RA is into crazy colored softball socks. And she loves the around the house fuzzy socks. She has 3 pairs of each under the tree. I got the softball socks for $4 a pair and the fuzzy ones for $1 each. I got her some sweatpants with the high school logo across the butt (they are the calf-length ones she likes to wear for softball). SInce I work at the high school she will be going to, I got in on the school store blow-out sale. They were $1. I also got Jeff a sweatshirt jacket from the school at the same sale. Also $1. His DD will go there next year. So that's $20 and 8 presents under the tree. Score!

That's how I have been shopping all season. The most expensive thing I have purchased is a super high-end collapsible chair for my dad to take to ball games. He has a decent chair, but this is better. It has an adjustable back so he can recline it how he wants and it has a mesh back so he can cool off in the summer. I ordered it from Dick's. I have a Dick's Score Card and was sitting on a $20 rewards certificate from them. So, I caught the $79.99 chair on Black Friday for $49.99, with free shipping. I got it and applied my $20 voucher to it, so $30 total.

Does the pressure of the holidays get to you? No way. I refuse to let it.

Or do you enjoy it? As I tell my kids, Christmas is the only redeemable thing about winter. I love the season.

Do you buy for everyone? Yes, but my family is small. It's my kids, my parents, my sister, and I have an aunt. Jeff and I exchange too.

Or are you making changes in your gift giving? I have super bargain shopped. I have 6 things for Jeff, and I didn't spend $50 on him. I got some great deals this year.

My changes have been necessary.   Inflation has totally burned me this year.   Santa just doesn’t have anything extra this year.  DD’s big thing is a make-up kit I got from Ulta on Black Friday for $14.99.   DS’s is a $14.99 Nerf gun.  

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Registered: 02-12-2002

What do you think? 

Most everyone I know is not going overboard.  The economy is in the tank and no signs of it getting any better any time soon.  The stores are stock piled with "stuff" and they have been pretty empty everytime I have gone into one recently.  Could be the extra 5 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas - could be more on-line shopping - could be people aren't spending as much.

Does the pressure of the holidays get to you? 

Sometimes but this year the extra weekend has taken that away

Or do you enjoy it?  

For the most part

Do you buy for everyone?

We are pretty small so like Tracy yes - my brother, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, dad, niece, nephew and John. I also pick up small token type gifts for a few people.  This year probably 5 of them.  

Or are you making changes in your gift giving? 

Pretty much spend the same amount as I usually do but I am looking for good bargins to stretch the dollars.

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Registered: 02-06-2004
A girl I went to college with does 3 gifts for her kids. A need, a want, and a surprise. That's all they get. No need to forget the reason for the season. I love that idea. Maybe something I will implement once Santa is out of the bag. One thing that annoys me on FB is people saying "where can I get this toy, it’s a must have". No it’s not. To me, there are very few must have's in this world and they fall under clothing, food, water, and shelter, everything else is a blessing and gift. Does the pressure of the holidays get to you? Nope. Or do you enjoy it? It’s okay. I hate to shop, but don’t do much online for some reason. Do you buy for everyone? Nope. We buy for parents, godchildren, and any gift exchanges. That’s where the homemade gifts come in. That will cover the neighbors, babysitters, and siblings. Or are you making changes in your gift giving? Nope. The best thing we ever did was start the Christmas fund at the bank. It’s wonderful and lessens the money worries at Christmas time. Definitely makes it more enjoyable! Hmmm....I made this all pretty in word and pasted it and this is what I get. No font change and no color. I don't have any of the font or picture options at the top of my post either.

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Registered: 06-29-2007

Susan I know a lady who does something similar. She buys her kids four gifts. Something they need, something they want, something to wear, and something to read.

We are toning down Christmas this year. Last year we bought Evey way too much, this year I am trying not to. So far I have gotten 5 gifts, and 2 of them are games for her Leap Pad Explorer. I think I am going to get her like 3 more things, and then stocking stuffers, but thats it. Garrett I am buying a walker thing....

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Registered: 07-23-1998

What do you think? I think it has gotten out of hand

Does the pressure of the holidays get to you?sometimes but I try to ignore it

Or do you enjoy it?I love the season!

Do you buy for everyone?no, we do not buy for everyone. My family has gotten too big. I buy for my mom, dad and their spouses, my grandma, Ray's dad and my nephews. Ray's side is much smaller.

Or are you making changes in your gift giving? We used to buy for everyone but that went out the window, thank goodness

We've skimmed down in the last couple years. I haven't even started shopping yet. Yikes, I'm getting scared.

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Registered: 02-12-2002

Susan you are right there are certain things that are "must haves" but not the latest toy or gadget.  I have this conversation with a lot of our "younger" residents.  The ones with kids are always saying they can't or couldn't pay their rent because they had to get their kids Christmas presents.  I tell them a great Christmas gift is a roof over their head which will be gone if they do not pay their rent.  

Yes I can be a tuff "bixxx" when I need to be.  Serving someone a Notice To Quit during the holiday season isn't fun but they are the ones that caused it to happen.

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Registered: 10-10-2003

We drew names at Thanksgiving =)..  I ask the girls and they were fine with it. this is a first in our family!

We will buy something for the grandkids.  But we all decided not to go overboard.

No stressing - no worries.  Though I am working some overtime and John mentioned wanting a new paint gun- its been about 10 years and this is definatly 'needed.  I snuck in the paint store yesterday and got a price so I just might surprise him !

My sister Kay ask us to come up on Christmas day for lasagna. Simple- I love it =)..

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Registered: 07-03-2008

What do you think?  I think the kids should have a good Christmas, but you should only spend within your means.  Waylon wants a Wii U, I told him I didn't have the money for one to ask Santa for it. - Santa came through. I am blessed to have some awesome people in our lives.

Does the pressure of the holidays get to you? In a way yes, I want everyone to have a nice Christmas, because I know what it's like to go without.

Or do you enjoy it? I like Christmas, but it depresses me.

Do you buy for everyone?  No, I don't. The boys, Mom and dad, Shannon and her daughter Samantha. And that's about it.

Or are you making changes in your gift giving? No, not really.

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Registered: 10-31-1999

I think the whole Christmas season has been taken over by dollar signs and has been heading this direction for quite some time now.  What do you think?  I totally think merchants start displaying and selling things way too early with everything!  Beach towels and swimsuits in February is ridiculous.  Halloween costumes & decorations in July... also ridiculous!    I remember people used to put up their Christmas tree and decorate just a week before Christmas.... now some start before Halloween.   Oh well, I doubt anything is likely to change so might as well get used to it. 

Does the pressure of the holidays get to you? No, I try not to let too much get to me nowadays.  I'd rather try to enjoy this time of year any way I can.

Or do you enjoy it?  Yes I do... and like Sandy, I love having an extra few days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Do you buy for everyone?  No, only my 3 kids (Ashleigh, Amber & Nick), my 2 grandkids, my 8 nieces & nephews on my hubby's side and the 2 people we draw in the adult drawing on his side.  My side of the family drawing includes my 3 kids, my parents, my sister's whole family including Zach (Erica's fiance'), my cousin Sheryl, her hubby & 2 daughters so we only have to buy for 2 total in that drawing.  I think drawings are great... you get to give some and you get to receive some but it is not out of control! 

Or are you making changes in your gift giving?  We NEED to make some changes.... not to be a grinch but I do not like having to buy for all 8 of my hubby's nieces & nephews... age range from 15 months to 17 years.  I try to only spend between $10 & $15 on each one but at the very least, that is $80 just on our "great" nieces & nephews (Glenda's grandkids).  I don't even spend that much ($10) on Kendra or Erica...(because they are in on our drawing) and they are my nieces, not "great nieces."   

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