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Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

December 25th, 2006 at 08:07 am

Merry Christmas everyone - hope all are having a wonderful Christmas!

We did christmas eve with dh's fam yesterday and the kids got about 20 presents. ???? IT was so totally INSANE and I was a little caught offguard. IT seemed as the grandchildren multiplied they calmed down a little last year and I expected it calmer with a 4th one in the family this year. Well apparently dh's family had a good year because they went crazy. The kids were bored after 1 or 2 gifts so I had to open the other 16 or so. I was really annoyed. Just ridiculous. I know 4 gifts (2 gifts each) were from other family members, but I have no idea which ones - what was from whom. ???? That annoys me too. I forget they also have 4-5 gifts still at grandma's house from the whole cousin gift exchange debacle. Oy vey!

The flip side to all this was that my strategy worked!!!!! We saved so much this year. All the cool toys we wanted to get we put on the wish list. No one paid attention anyway, because I have said before, everything on the wish list is up to major scrutiny, no one likes what we put so whatever. But we decided to buy 1 nice gift each for the kids (they are toddlers) and take the cash and gift cards to get everything else we had our eye on, AFTER christmas.

Anyway, we didn't get much in the way of cash or gift cards this year, but that is a-okay. After yesterday I don't think they need another toy for another year. Or 2 or 3. So because the way we approached it we hardly spent anything on the kids ourselves. AND we haven't opened gifts today yet but I am so PLEASED they each only have 1 gift to open because frankly that is all they want. They have no interest if there is a mound of presents once they open that first gift!

I told dh there needs to be some serious changes to Christmas. I feel awful not knowing what came from my niece's family or from dh's great aunt. I have no idea. I wrote out all the gifts and will call his mom and go through the list to narrow down what was not from her.

Bah, I am trying to be grateful to have too much as to not enough, and I am, but the whole thing annoys me all the same.

Us adults actually made out pretty well. Dh got a cool little travel game system worth about $250. Plus some games. I got 3 books, slippers, bathroom accessories (needed) and a toaster/toaster oven so now that everything in my kitchen is black - I love it! Plus some significant cash. Yeah we made out pretty sweet. It is nice, but I could live without too. I am sure I am forgetting something too. Piles of DVDs, etc.

BUT today should be pretty nice! My parents are coming over, probably no gifts, maybe 1 for each kid max - PHEW. Going to have pizza and fudge and just keep it low key, hang out, play with all the new toys I guess...

& Big Monkey was happy when he woke up that the Grinch had not stolen our Christmas. LOL. Wink

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

1 Responses to “Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!”

  1. carol Says:

    We did a switch up for Christmas this year. My No 2 son has his birthday on December 8th. It's a hassle for me and his dad to do birthday presents, cake, etc., then turn around and have to buy Christmas presents for the boys and ourselves on a tight budget.(I'm getting better at saving, he still has a long way to go.)

    Anyway, we simply combined birthday presents and Christmas together. Everyone got one nice gift each, after we sang happy birthday and cut the cake. So for Christmas, I did the outside and inside decorations, spent a total of about $30 for Christmas morning goodies(chocolates, soda, grape drink, crackers, etc.,) and arranged everything into 4 dressed up baskets. I waited until boys and dad were in bed, then placed all baskets out on front room table around 1 foot tall decorated artificial tree and other tabletop decorations. Treats were a smash hit. So dad has decided to be nice and do up a good Christmas lunch. Smoked ham, baked beans, mashed potatoes, and chocolate cupcakes for dessert.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!!

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