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  •  I don't hate the holidays in general (3+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, entrelac, Avila

    but I'm not a big fan, either. Our holiday tradition for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, is to drive a little more than 2 hours, help fix and then eat a big mid-day meal with Jim's relatives, help clean up big meal, and then turn around and drive back. Typically we spend twice as much time on the road than we spend "visiting." The changes in family dynamic due to political stupidity have made the whole thing even less pleasurable over the last couple of years.

    The other thing about Christmas that destroys a lot of satisfaction is trying to buy presents for 7 grandchildren, aged 14 and down. All 7 have MANY other people buying TOO MANY other presents for them. There is no way our gifts can be noticed, much less appreciated. But still grandparents must give gifts. Very frustrating...

    (And yes we do put money in their college accounts every month and are very generous with that [yes I'm grateful we can afford to] but that isn't something any of them will appreciate at all for at least 4-8 more years. )

    The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. ~ Mother Teresa

    by Melanie in IA on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:03:57 AM PST

    •  Perhaps the most disappointing part of (3+ / 0-)
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      entrelac, Avila, Melanie in IA

      family Christmas gift exchanges is that, even if you get one of the kids the perfect gifts, something they really wanted, the reaction is never much beyond "meh". See my reply to The Marti above for more.

      When we were kids and dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, we were already writing out our handwritten thank-you notes by the end of Christmas day. Now we'd be lucky to get a text message acknowleding a gift.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:10:25 AM PST

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