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    ahumbleopinion, Miniaussiefan, mrsgoo

    diary!

    Last year, my extended family decided we all have more than enough "stuff" and would exchange only small gifts, usually food or music.

    Instead, we each contribute what we would have spent on a gift to each family member, toward charitable contribution(s) of his or her choice.  We've learned a lot about each other through our  "causes" and it's a great feeling to gift someone who truly needs it.

    There are so many creative, budget-friendly, and local ways to handle Christmas shopping season.  Thanks for the suggestions!

    A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. ~ John Lennon

    by SteelerGrrl on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 01:38:10 PM PST

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