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anc
Member since Nov 2012
3871 posts

Christmas with Extended Family

What do you guys do. My family drew names for years among the adults - everyone bought for kids. This year they just decided to drop the whole buy for adults thing altogether. My brothers al have kids, I have kids, etc.

My wife's family, particularly my mother in law, has an unhealthy obsession with the material side of Xmas - and demands that everyone buy for everyone else. We end up buying for 12 adults when all is said and done. My wife and her siblings basically threw all they could at her this year to stop this and she cried and threw a childish fit.

Everyone I have asked does either a drawing of names or nothing for adults except for one side of my family. Anyone else have a similar deal?

I'm at the point where I really just want to plant everyone a tree in France or something.


LSURussian
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Member since Feb 2005
85179 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
Did you mean to post this on the Money Board.....or the O-T?


anc
Member since Nov 2012
3871 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
Sorry, OT.


MG
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Dec 2007
271 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
Isn't your brother or BIL the one who didnt want to pay back a failed business loan? I wouldnt expect a gift from him.


Chris4x4gill2
Alabama Fan
North Alabama
Member since Nov 2008
2267 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
Gifts for kids only. Have drawn names for adults in the past


lsulefty5
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2007
804 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
save money on presents and use it to go on a trip somewhere


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JasonMason
SMU Fan
Memphis
Member since Jun 2009
2294 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
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Gifts for kids only. Have drawn names for adults in the past


We still draw names for siblings on one side and we get gifts for our parents.


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Blakely Bimbo
Alabama Fan
Member since Dec 2010
1183 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
Gifts for young kids only. No formal exchange, but I will bring a bottle of wine of some sort of foodstuffs. We all have enough crap and don't need anything more. I do slip my younger nephews $$.


ZereauxSum
LSU Fan
Lot 23E
Member since Nov 2008
10176 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
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Gifts for young kids only.


This.

I think a lot of the gift giving we do in this country is wasteful.


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greenwave
Alabama Fan
Huntsville, AL
Member since Oct 2011
1766 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
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Everyone I have asked does either a drawing of names or nothing for adults except for one side of my family. Anyone else have a similar deal?


On my in-laws side we all bring a $50 gift. Ages range from 25 - 80. Its a lot of fun. Once people start having kids though I would bring them separate little gifts.



JasonMason
SMU Fan
Memphis
Member since Jun 2009
2294 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
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On my in-laws side we all bring a $50 gift. Ages range from 25 - 80. Its a lot of fun. Once people start having kids though I would bring them separate little gifts.


Extended family on my side started doing dirty santa a few years ago with a $25-30 gift, but I'm never there to do it. It seems like more fun especially if you have a large extended family.


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Golfer
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Member since Nov 2005
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re: Christmas with Extended Family
About 10 years ago it was kids only, then it went to secret santa (drawing names). We now do dirty santa among the kids and the adults $20-30 gift and its awesome...you've got families and couples and siblings conspiring against or with each other.


JasonMason
SMU Fan
Memphis
Member since Jun 2009
2294 posts

re: Christmas with Extended Family
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you've got families and couples and siblings conspiring against or with each other.


Ha yeah. This is the best part. I was able to be a part of ours for a few years, and those gifts were always the best. Everyone who was in on it would be patiently waiting for their gift to be picked.


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