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11/18/08 7:15 P

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Your right! I think it is what we make it! I know a lot of people depend on the retail, we all need to make a living. We are just marketed to constantly,I turn off what I can, so I can enjoy the holidays best we can.

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11/18/08 3:11 P

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thanksgiving isn't just a time to eat; it's a time to show thanks and appreciation for our many blessings. Even if not in a big, traditional way, it's important to stop for a day and just be thankful. Even though most of us are thankful on a daily basis, it's usually a quick thought only. Spending beyond our means doesn't make for a better holiday, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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11/18/08 10:12 A

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Christmas is supposed to be a religious celebration, and I don't like having Christmas stuff out early either, but then I don't make my living in retail. So many stores rely on Christmas to put their businesses in the black for the year that they have to get people in early. And this year Thanksgiving is late, so there are only 4 weeks for the retail sector to make money. I don't begrudge them, it's just a little sad. Does anyone remember the Sears Wishbook? It came out the first of October, and they gave a 5% discount to any orders placed by Oct 31st.

It also happens in the spring when they put out Easter stuff before Ash Wednesday, sometimes before Septuagesima. Anyone remember that one?

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11/18/08 7:46 A

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True, we do have so much material things today, most of us really don't need much if anything. I dislike buying for the sake of buying because we feel we need to or it is expected. I totally dislike seeing all this Christmas stuff out before Halloween and out before Thanksgiving. Our grown children knows not to expect much for Christmas, we put more value on getting together and enjoying the holidays. Luckily our children understand where we are coming from. They totally concur. We are pretty realistic at our house.

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11/16/08 7:14 P

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My kids have noticed it too and I have given much the same response. I feel like by the time my kids are grown Thanksgiving will just be a passing thing.

Sorry about your birthday. I have always felt badly for folks with December b-days; guess now pretty much from Oct - Feb you will get passed over. Hope you had a good one anyway!

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11/16/08 5:10 P

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Connected 1,my son this year even noticed this and asked why they had Christmas items out before it was even Halloween.I told him it was so they could get people to spend more money Christmas shopping.I know exactly what they are doing. It is ridiculous really though. I have a birthday this week and it has always been hard.Everyone assumes I am Christmas shopping and I don't do that until after my birthday is over.

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11/16/08 1:22 P

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I was pleasantly surprised when I saw my mother-in-law and aunt a few weeks back that his aunt told my husband and I not to buy them anything,but a card. She went on to say they already have everything they need which is true. They went on to say that his sister wouldn't be doing much either.She has been out of work,recently married,pregnant.So we will be getting something for my mom,probably for each other,our son.


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11/15/08 10:45 A

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Star85 - I am SO with you. But I think is has been this way for years. They literally start putting up the Xmas stuff with the Halloween stuff and just have a few "Fall" things out. Makes me nuts because I do not want to deal with Xmas until afer Thanksgiving - one holiday at a time PLEASE!

Last year I was in Target on Xmas Eve day and saw the workers taking down the Xmas stuff to put up Valentines day stuff. There is no enjoyment in the moment anymore.

My son is in elementary school and they sell Market Day stuff. I am getting a Turkey Roast thru them for Thanksgiving and may do that or a Ham for Xmas. Easy, well-priced and supports the school. They also have a deal with a local restuarant that they will donate proceeds one week a month to the school. I think I am going to place a catering order for Xmas Eve this year. I only have my Mom over on Eve and will be hosting Eve & Day so this will simplify a bit.

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11/15/08 8:12 A

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There is a Trader Joe's in the building where I work. I'm thinking of buying my food from them (or at least the turkey and key ingredients). They do tend to be cheaper.

'Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'

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11/15/08 8:03 A

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Can I just say how I hate that companies jump over Thanksgiving? To me it seems worse this year than ever (probably something to do with the economic situation). But I haven't seen any commerical or adds about Thanksgiving dinner this year and already seen plenty about Christmas (as though they can't edit the same commerical about Thanksgiving dinner to say Christmas dinner in December its usually just writing on screen that says Christmas anyway!). I guess this means that we have to be super careful to not get caught up in the spending frenzy that they are trying to build up. Sorry if it was a little off topic...but it was bugging me.

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11/14/08 8:12 A

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We only give birthday gifts, for the most part. I'm giving some antiques to my daughter-in-law when they visit NJ from SC and sending down $50 for my 22 year old son's Nov 3 birthday but that's about it. Feasting together at Thanksgiving at my daughters. My son's family's going to Italy for Christmas. I'll eat with my daughter's family, enjoy the day and the tree.

Happy Holidays to you!

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11/13/08 8:42 P

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We did a Christmas club account so we have money set aside for gifts this year. We are going to stick with what is there. We buy for our moms but not for the other adults but do have a lot of nieces and nephews. We keep that pretty simple. It is my kids have the hardest time with since we do not buy them much during the year. For the teachers and such I think I am going to make some granola this year (I usually do fudge but I want to do something a bit healthier).

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11/13/08 2:01 P

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This year my MIL wants an updated family photo, so that is what our siblings are also getting. We try to do no clutter with most of the adults, family & friends so it's baked goods. So here's the problem... where are the good low calorie (and Points - Weight Watchers) recipes for giving as presents? I'm also thinking about the gift in a jar items, soups & cookies that way they aren't cooked and laying around the house for some people (like me) to eat.
The nieces will get gifts, the kids & hubby too. So hopefully we'll be able to stay with in reason. I wish I could get organized enough to get most of everything before the Holiday crush, but we've had so many expenses this year. Hopefully the kids will always remember their trip to the Grand Canyon and not remember they didn't get the newest rock star video game for Christmas!
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11/13/08 12:20 P

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I'm eating at my health conscious daughter's house. She keeps an eye on my portions as well so I appreciate the help. My grandchildren will be there to distract me from the deserts and she has a huge tv too.

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11/12/08 10:34 P

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I have 4 siblings, and 2 of us are married and 3 of us have kids. It was getting a bit expensive to buy for everyone so a few years ago we started drawing names among the sibs. This was OK, but my younger sibs were in college at the time and broke most of the time so they did not give gifts that cost as much as some others, yada yada, yada...anyway it turned into a mess and we "rigged" the drawing for a couple of years to my sister and brother-in-law would not be upset about their gifts. Finally we decided last year that we would just buy for our parents and the neices & nephews. It is much less stressful now, and the granparents love the standard "new pics in a nice frame" gift.
We are definitely spending less this year for our kids, and probably DH and I won't buy for each other. We're both self-employed and nothing is steady as far as our income goes so we're keeping a close eye on the budget.

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11/12/08 6:18 P

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We have my mother, my DH's parents, our daughter and her husband and our ever so darling soon to be 1 year old grandson and our 18 yr old son that we buy for. We've always been pretty practical about gift buying getting people things that they not only want but "need". My daughter told me one year that she had worn out all of her good jeans and had turned them into work/barn/yard jeans. So we bought her a couple of pair of jeans. Our son is forever outgrowing his clothes (he is now 6'6" tall!) so he usually gets some new clothes too. My mom lives with us so her's is usually pretty easy. We're not spending as much money this year as we have some years past but it will be the joy of watching the baby opening presents that we'll get our joy from. We've all been wondering lately what we ever did for fun before he came along!! I too started buying months ago, that's the only way I can do it too.

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11/12/08 5:16 P

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As far as family gift giving... this year my husbands family (his mom and stepdad, brother and his wife, sister and her husband) are going to draw names. The rule being of course that you can't get your spouse since you may get them something anyway. Then we are all going to take care of the neices and nephews. My side of the family will be sticking to budgets definitly and the rule was if you ask for something it must be less than $20-30. Unless it is a joint gift (like for my husband and me) this is to help prevent people from feeling pressure to spend too much. And this year, for the first time, I began buying months ago to prevent from spending too much.

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11/12/08 2:50 P

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That is so nice of you to do!

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Other then our moms, we haven't given gifts in years. I can't tell you how "freeing" it is that I am no longer caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. It is so gift oriented and everyone WANTS, WANTS, WANTS and really they don't think about God and why there is a Christmas in the first place. The last two years, we have gone to the same retirement home on both Thanksgiving and Christmas to eat with those who go no place else. Last Christmas there were about 4 ladies and 2 men sitting there as they had nobody coming to get them. We took them samples of Burts Bees soaps that my husband bought on clearance. I wasn't much but they LOVED it. We enjoyed seeing their smiles and listening to their stories. These were such memorable holidays for me.
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11/12/08 2:22 P

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That sounds good to me! I have asked my family just to do stocking stuffers, and by that I mean by samples an putting them in stockings, we used to do that all the time and I thought it was fun, I don't know how it became so gift oriented. However in saying that we had a very frugal Christmas last year and I would like to do more for my 16 year old daughter this year.

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I've told my friends not to buy me gifts because I can't really afford to reciprocate. I would rather just have a get together and make food and enjoy each others company.




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