- July 4, 2008 at 11:44 pm #259484
another version – my Mom has 10 brothers and sisters and we get together
each December for the holidays. With all siblings, their kids and
grandkids, cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. there can easily be 200 people
We quit exchanging gifts about 6 years ago. The tradition
now is to bring one gift each for your own children so they’ll have
something to open. We usually get the kids something less than $5 for
The other thing we do is pick a charity and let everyone
donate to it while together. There are several family members that work
in non-profit venues so we usually pick them (the year my Dad died of cancer it
was chosen to be Cancer Research). Anyway – the pot is passed and
you give what you can, be it $1 or $100.
We usually get anywhere from
$500-$1000 for the charity of choice and everyone feels better for it. No
more trinkets you have to dust or items that don’t fit your tastes; just
a sense of making the world a little better for those less fortunate than we
are. And we have learned to enjoy each other’s company now instead
of dreading all the extended obligatory gift giving.
There are some that
choose to get stuff for others – they aren’t discouraged from doing
so nor are the ones that can’t berated for not.
Another thought, as I realize everyone needs to do how they celebrate differently
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