Hi there, Mrs. 1500 once again, asking you how you handle Christmas gifts. But first, let’s go back to last week, and see if anyone would rent out their house or portion of their house on airbnb.com?
Chris from Big Day Coming has no doubts that he is not interested. “…I’d feel like I’d need to lock all my stuff up in storage…”
Writing2Reality would look into it more, but he is just about the only person who would.
The Mister and I were talking about the responses we got, and it seemed like those who said no, didn’t really have a space that could be separated off from the rest of the house. Since we are doing an addition, we can dictate what goes where. We are adding a bedroom/bathroom and lofty-type area. The loft can be a living room for the guests, and the bed/bath is separated from the rest of the house, so it is almost like they aren’t even there. Once everything is all done, we will let you know how it works out.
Now to today’s question, How do you handle Christmas gifts? Here in America, gift giving has become ridiculous, with the average American spending $700 on gifts every year. What?!? Our list of people to buy gifts for includes 2 sets of parents, 3 single sisters and one brother who is married with 3 kids.
We have asked our families repeatedly not to purchase gifts for us, because we neither want nor need anything. Not only that, many of the people on our list have little to no discretionary funds, and go into debt to buy gifts.
Add to all of that, the gifts they do give us tend to be things we can’t use, or are skewed versions of things we want. A perfect example: I gave a suggestion to one of the grandparents that the little 1500 would love a copy of March of the Penguins, a brilliant documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. What she received instead, was a copy of Happy Feet, an insipid cartoon about penguins.
I have received gift cards to stores I do not shop in, clothes that do not fit nor are my style, scrapbooking supplies, a hobby I do not enjoy and therefore do not participate in. My children have received clothes that don’t fit, toys they don’t want or worse, that they already have.
For the past 2 years, we have been in a state of flux, with our house on the market and not wanting to acquire anything else that we would then have to move. But now, we are in our forever house, and can no longer use this as an excuse. My sister called me the other day to encourage me to participate in gift-giving this year.
All of this makes me sound like a scrooge, which is not my intention. I want my children to appreciate a few gifts, rather than expect an enormous pile under the Christmas tree. I don’t want my family to go into debt to buy me a gift. On the other side, I have several relatives who don’t have room for anything else, so to add to their pile doesn’t seem right.
So, have you been successful in fending off the annual overspend, find-something-anything, gift-giving spree? If so, how? How do you handle the gift giving in your family?
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