...to feel depressed about how broke you are! It's not the gifts for "my" family that is killing me, it's all those "extra" gift exchanges! You know what I mean, every family has them! For my side of the family, our Christmas Party is Saturday. We do two different exchanges, one for the kids and one for the adults. For the kids, we draw names with all the cousins, so, depending on the number of kids you have, you have those extra gifts. In my case, two extra, which makes me glad I'm not my cousin that has seven kids. Then, you are to bring a gift for "a man" and one for "a woman". That is, if you and your husband are both attending. Over the years, this has been a really fun thing, and you usually go home with two pretty good gifts. The trouble is, when you're broke, you'd really rather spend that extra money on your own kids. I'm thinking of not bringing the man and woman's gifts this year and just sitting out on the exchange. My only fear is standing out like a sore thumb and causing lots of talk after we leave.
For Cheez's family, we also do a gift exchange. All the cousins draw names, that's 3 for us, and then all the couples draw names. So, what this comes down to is 8 gifts, costing an average of $15 - $20 dollars each. Now, before you say, SCROOGE!, I want to go on the record as saying I love, LOVE to give presents! If I had tons of money, I would send a gift to you, dear reader! I love picking out just the right thing for people. I just don't have that kind of money right now.
Do you do gift exchanges?? Any bright ideas??