sorry but id have to disagree grim. except for the part with it being extended family. i will never allow that to happen with my family. i dont know how it is for you but for me xmas is like a family reunion. i wont let that tradition die thats why i told all my brothers to fuck off when they wanted to do secret santa. and also when they tried to alternate years so they could go visit with a girlfriends family on xmas instead of ours. i invested my teenage years keeping this family together when our parents got divorced and wont have it be for waste.
Huh? This is not something to agree or disagree on. Every family does what is right for them. My family all live in the same city and see each other frequently. We don't need to exchange meaningless presents to express our love for each other. We didn't want to eliminate it all together, because it IS fun, so the one person thing makes sense FOR US. Plus, everyone buys for the kids.
Whatever works for your family is awesome by me.
I've noticed a lot of...um, poorer
families do the Secret Santa by means of still giving gifts without having to spend for everyone.
I got a full grand
from the folks. They said not to get used to that, after my pop retires (any month-year now) it will be a lot smaller. But they were proud of me with school and wanted to help my finances.
I got $150 from my brother and sister-in-law, plus the fuzziest fucking pajama I've ever worn and some hand lotion (awesome vanilla smell; good for this time of year).
Boyfriend got me Far Cry 3 and a Pre Order on The Last of Us (almost paid in full; he reached his spending limit haha). Come May he's promised to get me the Wacom Cintiq Tablet. :D