Now that the season of gift giving is over....

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Now that the season of gift giving is over....
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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 3:32pm

Let's talk about gifts.

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 3:57pm

I haven't gotten Christmas gifts in years (one of the downsides of being an "only" parent) but when I did, I don't think I ever had to do that.


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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 4:07pm

"Anyone else end up giving away half of what you get for Christmas?"

LOL, not really, but then I got a cardigan and a book from my mom this year. That was it, my total "loot." We did also get a bottle of champagne rom a business acquaintance, but we will most likely drink that rather than give it away.

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 4:14pm

Hmm my girfts from co-workers were gift cards--so those are useful.

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 4:15pm
After I posted, I realized all I got were these types of gifts this year. DH and I decided not to get each other anything because we got a new TV. My dad give money, always useful and my side doesn't exchange gifts. DHs side does the white elephant thing. I'd love to stop that little tradition, but everyone else seems to like it.
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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 4:29pm

I used to get those sort of courtesy gifts, back when I was working a "straight" job, and lived in a place where even fairly casual friends would feel compelled to get you something for Christmas. It does get sort of annoying, IMHO. It seems like such a waste, and it becomes stressful, to me anyway, having to have reciprocal junk on hand and trying to predict how much junk you will need etc.

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 4:46pm

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 4:51pm
Let's see, this year my workplace gave us all handmade note cards. They are very pretty, and I have already used some of them. Other small gifts included soap, book marks, cheese, homemade chex mix, and various jellies (mostly homemade). Everything will be eaten or otherwise consumed, so it's all good. I also had a student give me a Starbucks card this year--I really liked that. ;)
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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 5:27pm

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 6:03pm
That is funny, because we gave dd2's teacher a Starbucks' card this Christmas based on dd's statement that she drinks coffee at school. But you can get hot chocolate at Starbucks too.
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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 6:57pm
Starbucks has great coco. They have a more traditional American kind with steamed milk and one more Eurpean that is really like melted dark chocolate....Yumm!!!

I always get a chai when I go to starbucks....

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