Thursday, November 01, 2007
This Business is OVER!
That's a picture of some of the gifts my family exchanged last year. I couldn't get all of the gifts to fit in the viewfinder. The commercialization of Christmas in my family is always out of control. We've been buying gifts for relatives that don't even know our names. This year I've said no more. We're drawing names. I'm very excited about it. I think it will give us a chance to focus on getting more personal gifts for the person whose name we draw. Before, all of the gifts' meaning boiled down to making sure that we spent about the same amount of money on everyone and hoping that we could find something that each person would like. That's so hard when you don't see people often enough to know what they already have and what they're into.
We will do some extra gifts. I think everyone will buy for the little kid(s), my parents, and my cousin who lives in the group home. But we won't spend hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of dollars a piece this year.
Anybody else out there draw names? What are your "rules"?