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.
ooookay. I totally get that, but I have no clue what Alishas family's financial situation is, and my family isn't doing it due to money troubles, as I explained above. I'm not sure what your point is.
Surprisingly, I got no games and no garden stuff this year. This is rather odd. I can't remember the last Christmas when I didn't. I'm still happy with what I got, of course.
2 pairs of Eddie Bauer jeans. One corduroy, and one flannel-lined for being outside.
super warm Eddie Bauer gloves.
Sony ipod dock for when I'm working in the garage or sun room, and don't want to wear headphones.
Edgar Allen Poe Collection
2 Two Steps From Hell cds.
Doctor Who flap hat and coffee mug(with disappearing Tardis!)
$25 movie GC
2 pairs of heavy warm socks(I love these)
sweater/pull over thingy
2 tickets to see some wind instrument group called the Prairie Winds, which I will go to with my wife, of course.
And way too much bad for me food. I'm tired.