Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today. We are back from our epic, Midwest trip, where we hit 5 states in 10 days. We were fortunate to be able to meet up with Kraig from Create My Independence and Eric from No Nonsense Landlord. (Of course, on the day we were to meet up, the older little 1500 took an unprecedented 2-1/2 hour nap, causing me to miss about half of the meeting. Sigh.)
We had a great conversation. Thanks for meeting with us, guys. We will see you at FinCon 15!
So today I want to ask about gift giving for the adults in your family, but first I want to recap our answers from the question two weeks ago about favorite holiday recipes.
Reader Danny has a potato chip cookie recipe that sounds really good. Kind of a butter cookie recipe with potato chip bits, then dust with powdered sugar. I would love the actual recipe, Danny…
Reader Frankie’s Girl shared a link to a skillet toffee that looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing, FG!
Reader Nancy has a Raspberry Ribbon Pie that I hope she shares the recipe for. some sort of jello and whipped cream/cream cheese thing. Sounds delicious!
Mom from Three is Plenty shared a Chocolate Covered Carmelized Matzoh Crunch that looks amazing. I’ll let you know how it tastes in a few weeks. (Pro tip: Don’t use margarine – go for the gold with real butter.)
Thanks for all the amazing recipes. They all sound really really good. BTW, I made that chocolate pie for Thanksgiving this year…it never disappoints!
So on to today’s question about gift giving. Every year, my family gets together for Christmas, and every year, the question comes up: Are we giving gifts this year? I feel like it falls on my shoulders because I am the one who doesn’t want to give gifts. This year, I have an even better reason than most for not wanting to buy gifts. My brother and his wife are trying to move. You may remember that they are hoarders – not the TV Show kind, but well on their way.
Since they have so much stuff, they don’t really need any more. (My opinion, I know but pretty much everyone on the planet would agree with me if they could see the house…) My parents live in an RV and travel around and build churches. They don’t have any room for any more stuff, either.
My sister lives the most spartan life of anyone I have ever met, ever. She doesn’t have anything in her house she can’t use, her cupboards are practically bare. I couldn’t live like that, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She is particular in what she wants, and I learned a long time ago that you shouldn’t buy her anything without asking first, because she probably doesn’t want it, and will just end up throwing it away.
We don’t want or need anything – in fact, we are trying to purge like crazy. The garage looks way better than when we first moved in, but we still have boxes that need to be gone through. The girls have more clothes, shoes and toys than they will ever need.
This year, we have decided to just give gifts to the children in the family. Better than everyone, but still too much stuff. I don’t want my girls to think of Christmas as a reason to accumulate more things, but I also don’t want them to wonder why everyone else gets presents and they don’t. So we compromised.
How about you? What does your family do for adult gift giving?
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