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Registered: 05-21-2003
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 7:38am
Have you started to think about Christmas yet? Done any shopping or maybe even finished with it? Cutting back any compared to previous years? Please share where you are with preparing for Christmas 2009!


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 8:14am

I have started. Once again, it will be a smaller than normal Christmas, but at least there will be Christmas.

I have several gifts for my dd, and one for my niece. I had decided to take my niece off our list because she's 20 and in college, but she spent a lot of time with my dd this summer and I wanted to do something. So I got her a nice 9 x 12 pan and am sending her the recipe and the dry ingredients to cook her grandma's enchiladas. Figure it's a good college kid gift. She only eats spaghetti because that's all she knows how to cook. LOL

After I finish with dd, I will start on dh. And then I will get gifts for the other nieces and nephews. And that's pretty much all we buy for. It's not as fun, but it takes a lot of pressure off of everyone.

And I bought Christmas cards this year too. I didn't do any last year.

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 8:30am

I'm done with the gift portion of things. All the shopping is done and everything was paid for with cash. I have wrapped all gifts and I even shipped things overseas this past weekend.

Dh still has to shop for me and that's all. My son says he still has to shop for me and his girlfriend but has everyone else done.

Looking forward to a stress free holiday.


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Registered: 07-26-1997
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 8:35am
It will be smaller this year.


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Registered: 02-18-2003
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 9:33am

All I have done is take the girls out/let them look at the store ads to get an idea on what the want I am going to try next month to start shopping but am going to keep things small this year

so far the girls big wish items are scooters/protective gear and puff vests (like me) and books
my niece is getting a snap n style outfit or two to go with the doll I got her for her birthday
my 3 nephews on dh's side will get 2 dvd's (the twins are only going to be 21 months old so one dvd will work for both unless I find out they need something else that they will need )

my 2 nephews on my side is undecided for the moment

dh will get a jeep calender like last year and maybe a jeep magazine subscription and new slippers but he really does not need much


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Registered: 06-30-2003
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 11:23am

I've been buying things for the kids all year, as I have found them on sale.

DH and I will be exchanging stuff for the Spring Break vacation, I think.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 11:42am

I've started thinking about it, but not much beyond that.

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Registered: 05-20-2005
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 12:25pm

I just started thinking about it.

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Registered: 12-13-2007
Fri, 10-23-2009 - 12:21am

No, I haven't really thought about Christmas yet, so no real shopping done yet.

Since we are especially broke this year, shopping should be very easy.

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Registered: 06-26-2002
Fri, 10-23-2009 - 5:54pm
I am about half done. I have most of dh's family done except his mom. I have half of one dd's bought and a few things for the other. Nothing yet for my side though, they are too hard to buy for. I am not getting dh much since I just replaced the ipod he dropped, told him thats an early birthday and christmas present. And we are surprising the girls with a quick trip to florida over christmas break and that is half paid for now too. I am realizing just how few paychecks are between now and christmas so I better budget wisely.
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Registered: 05-21-2003
Sat, 10-24-2009 - 3:15pm

Surprisingly, I am about done w/Christmas shopping for my own kids.

26ds will be getting money. He's coming at Thanksgiving instead of Christmas this year, so $$ is the easiest to send him and that is what he'd rather have. 23dd will be getting a Discover gc--no $$ out of my pocket since I have enough cash-back bonus to cover the amount we normally spend.