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October 2nd, 2012, 05:09 PM
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I know I am worse then the stores!

When do you start your shopping if you buy gifts? I start now.

Do you buy practical items for gifts or get them whatever they want?

We do both. Santa brings what they ask for and then they get stuff like new skates, musical intruments stuff like that.

My foster mom always got us stuff we needed (snowclothes,bedding sets,skates ect)because she could not affford to buy all that Christmas stuff as well. She wrapped it up and we LOVED it. It always put the things in perspective for me.

last year I got the a all the dr dreadful gross labs sets and the creepily crawlers bug labs that make bugs and stuff that sticky down walls.

I just got so sick of toys toys toys so now I will get them tons of refills for everything I got last year. It is consumable and I don't have a excessive clutter of toys.

They always standard stuff like play duh, Lego ,craft stuff as well.

I also get most stuff from sears that way I avoid the hectic shopping crowds and just take my time picking up small things near Christmas for the (fun) of shopping.

I LOVE the whole season. the snow, skating rink we always make, the smells in the air and in kitchens. Christmas Eve we always rent a 2 horse open Sleigh and ride along the river and through fields.

I can't wait till it snows LOL!
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October 2nd, 2012, 05:52 PM
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I very much dislike the commercialism of Christmas. I HATE that it is in the stores already. I am not a fan of going overboard.
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October 2nd, 2012, 06:00 PM
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Your plan sounds wonderful. We dont get snow. I would love to be able to take the family to some place where it would be cold and thick with snow for Christmas and New Years, then come home.

We get them stuff they want and stuff they need. I try to get things that will encourage them to work together, play together, share. And candy. You werent here last year to see my cardboard christmas tree. I was tired, pregnant, and my crazy mother was here so it was a rough time for us. So I got this paper tree from the CHristmas show they were in. My oldest son (#4, 8yos at the time) was NOT amused. I told him it would be better this year. We were broke, and this year isnt looking any better, so I will have to make it a priority. I found a felt tree you put on the wall for kids and said it would be perfect for us this year. He was not amused, again, at me.
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October 2nd, 2012, 06:24 PM
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I loved the cardboard tree. Felt sounds good to me, my 9yo dd wouldn't be amused either.

As I told you before, you can come hang here for the cold, maybe snowy, Christmas experience. I am sure we can fit 23 people in our 3 bedroom, one bathroom house. LOL

We are brokety-broke this year, hahaha, pickins will be slim. We are looking at one gift a piece probably. I'll try to make it special for them somehow, but not until December......like around the 15th.

Of course as far as gifts go, I start purchasing them now, sometimes earlier.
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October 2nd, 2012, 06:30 PM
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Bwahahaha I remember that FW. I loved it but I don't see it going over well in my house either!

I used to give everything from Santa but then one day the older ones asked why I never got them anything...well I was giving them everything so it didn't dawn on me. After that things changed up. Now Santa brings three things, and I supplement with things I find on Black Friday.

I already have some stuff on lay away at Walmart, only I didn't get to get everything cause I didn't realize that they had a price limit. I got the big things though so I guess that counts.

I also used to go way overboard and in the last few years reigned that one in. Part of that is this year the older ones are getting one present from Santa (they're adults but I still have little ones) and they will get one or two things from me. They have already been told, they had years of being spoiled now it's the little ones turn.
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October 2nd, 2012, 06:42 PM
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Oh, yeah, we dont do Santa. Everything is from us, or the grandparents, or the kids. It harkens back to my poor childhood. I dont want to sound ungrateful and some years we had big blow out Christmases. And some years it wasnt so much. It is hard to explain. Anyway, I didnt want my kids to think they could just ask for anything and think they did something wrong by not getting it, or finding out the truth and not understanding why we told them something that wasnt true. So, we just went with ¨here is your present from us¨.
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October 2nd, 2012, 06:59 PM
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I'm worried about this Christmas. We are adjusting to a new pay scale and it sucks! I don't even want to think about it right now.


That's right.....BAH HUMBUG!!
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October 2nd, 2012, 07:17 PM
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I have never done Santa, sorry, I work my a** off to do Christmas and they will understand that.

However we do make "silly" tags on the gifts. Like To:Naathaniel From:The Bagger at Kroger. Any kinda dumb stuff to make us laugh. The kids have fun thinking of stuff to put on their bros and sisters presents.
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October 2nd, 2012, 10:26 PM
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LOLOL cardboard tree!! I have felt that way a couple Christmas'S ago.

We have really scaled back over the years as well like I said excess of toys. For us it about family not Stuff.

The only thing I do splurge on is Christmas Eve. Santa makes a special visit after the sleigh ride .We have several families over that our kids all grew up with ranging from 22 to 2. They ALL KNOW what Santa has in his bag.....FIREWORKs and sparklers!! Fireworks can bring the toughest,sulkiest teens out of hiding and SIT on Sandra's knee for pic LOLOL They the all run a outside afterthe pic on Santa knee and see how many snowmen they can blow up! Now that is one kid group activity they all enjoy together.

Snowmen look pretty awesome mixed with fireworks lol.

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October 2nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
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I usually shop in November/early December. Last year we started a tradition where each child picks a siblings name and they choose a gift for them. Those presents are opened on Christmas Eve. The kids loved it and are already asking when we will draw names this year. As for gifts, we try to get things they can play with together, this year it will be a play kitchen for the younger set and board games/books for the older kids. My oldest wants gift cards for clothes and for me to take him shopping. He's almost 13 and hard to shop for so that makes it easy. Last year we got everything online - super easy shopping!
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October 2nd, 2012, 11:49 PM
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We do the name exchange among the kids as well. They really do enjoy it but they all have a 10$ cap on and they take such pride in selecting that just perfect gift.

Out of all the gifts receivied and given those those ones are enjoyed the most.
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October 3rd, 2012, 01:21 PM
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We go broke each year just for Christmas. We have a huge family. My husband has 2 sisters,a brother, a brother in law,a sister in law and 4 nieces and nephews. Plus his brother's birthday is Christmas Eve. I finally got them 3 years ago to just have every person pick a name for the adults and do that because man that was expensive. So we do that and the kids all get something from everyone.

We shop all year long for Christmas, getting stuff when we think of something for someone. For the kids we do mostly what they ask for but do throw some clothes in and they love that they get clothes.
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October 5th, 2012, 07:22 AM
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I love Christmas too, and I love your tradition of the horse drawn sleigh! Great memories!

We've never gone all out of with Christmas and am debating scaling it down even more. What we tend to do is draw names with all of us, one gift from us that's just for them and one gift from us that's fun for everyone (like a game). Then we usually do a family gift, and that ranges from big to small. I have these guidelines for myself so I don't get swept away in the commercialism and don't overspend. And it's nice to have some money to go clothes shopping after Christmas, there's some great deals!
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is it only 12 weeks to Christmas??

I love Christmas, hate snow-its gonna snow tonight

I just bought all of the kids' and cousin gifts today at Costco, just have to wrap and hide. Need stockings and adult gifts then done
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is it only 12 weeks to Christmas??

12 Weeks???? AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

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October 10th, 2012, 10:56 AM
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We have started our shopping, but we're limiting the gifts this year to 3 fun items, and then the rest will be practical. They'll probably get a total of 5 gifts each, plus a small toy in their stocking with fruit.

This year I'm implementing something new. We're going to do the 12 days of Christmas. So starting 12 days before Christmas we are going to do one fun family activity. First day we're putting up and decorating our tree. We have an artificial pre-lit that's not huge, but works. Until the needles fall off or the bulbs blow out, we'll re-use that tree over and over. We'll do things like string popcorn, roast chestnuts, watch a movie, bake cookies, decorate gingerbread houses, etc up until Christmas Day.
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