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If gift giving is out of control in your family , read this ....

Monday, December 09, 2013


It is sad that family members expect Christmas gifts to fulfill all their wishes in life. It puts plenty of pressure on others in the family.

Hope you enjoyed the blog as much as I did.

Belly laughs can get rid of a ton of built up anxiety!

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    1592 days ago

    thats really something , buy lottery tickets & scratch them off for the person
    1592 days ago
    1592 days ago
    My mother-in-law finally ruined Christmas completely for me. She said, "I don't want to bother getting gifts for you, too much trouble. This year we'll exchange money."

    I was appalled! When I said so, she whined, "But it isn't Christmas unless you exchange gifts."

    Reluctantly I went along with it, but I was disgusted. I should have just plain refused.

    Christmas with the inlaws was always difficult. Somehow holidays brought out the worst in those people. But that business about exchanging money totally killed it for me.

    Once I was divorced I divorced Christmas, too. No more Christmas for me!

    And now I'm with Sweetie. What d'ya think? His birthday is December 25th. No way I can escape that holiday!
    1592 days ago
    Long ago and far away - gift giving in my family became a less dramatic issue - we had parents who when my father retired, started giving to charity in our names. There are too many THINGS most of us have and gifts of love are more appreciated.
    1592 days ago
    I mad missed this one, so THANKS for posting!
    1592 days ago
    Thanks, Chris.
    1592 days ago
    Oh, my, that was quite a blog! So happy our families gave that stuff up years ago!
    1592 days ago
  • JENNA3
    Oh I can so relate! My in-laws are folks who like to exchange gifts every year. In their defense, they are not that picky. They seem to like anything I give them. At least, they did before they found out how much my husband made at work. Then suddenly their gifts become little $5 trinkets (like I care) and they aren't happy with anything I give them. WTH? I quit participating, which meant not even seeing them at Christmas. If you show up, you show up with a gift. Period. So we didn't show up. I liked that. This year we're back to possibly seeing them. I think I'm making them some Russian tea mix and bath salts. Homemade usually makes them mostly happy.
    1592 days ago
    I love that story about "The White Envelope." There was also a story from a long time ago about a boy who gave his little brother oranges for Christmas and he was so happy because the family hadn't had fruit in a long time! I think the family was from Eastern Europe back at wartime.
    1592 days ago
    It's about family . . . not the gifts. Thanks for sharing this!
    1592 days ago
    emoticon BUT i DIDN'T.

    1592 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/9/2013 9:24:21 AM
  • SHERYLP461
    The whole point of gifting at Christmas or any other time is giving from your heart. This is why my family has started the tradition of making our gifts to each other, our thoughts and love for that person go into the gift making it as special as can be.
    1592 days ago
    Externalizing our source of happiness is the #1 problem not just at Christmas but every day. Being put into a position of fulfilling others desires is a position we need to extricate ourselves from, again every day of the year.
    1592 days ago
    The best story about Christmas gifts is "The White Envelope". It puts everything into perspective.

    Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

    emoticon Until Tomorrow!

    1592 days ago
    Stay motivated!
    1592 days ago
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