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Old 27-November-2012, 00:06
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A interesting bit in the paper the other day about presents.
I'm going to see my sister/brother/family/friends. I know that they will spend at least £20 on my present (each). Therefore I must do the same. The present I buy them, and they me, will probably spend some time on top of the wardrobe before finally being consigned to the charity shop. :unsure:
I am going to have to get into debt to pay for these presents, perhaps they also. But it has to be done.

But does it?

Surely, a token bottle of something or a pack of beer for the host should not only surfice but be of real benefit. Remember, they have not only paid out for presents but also the food and drink. :o
By all means buy for the children, it is still a magical time for them, but surely we adults, who still enjoy Christmas by the way, don't really need a gift. Just the company of family and friends at this special time?

Well ...... prezzie or not?
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Old 27-November-2012, 01:03
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By all means buy for the children, it is still a magical time for them, but surely we adults, who still enjoy Christmas by the way, don't really need a gift. Just the company of family and friends at this special time?

Well ...... prezzie or not?
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I couldn't agree more!! Unfortunately, not everyone feels the way we do... many feel guilty & mean if they don't buy presents, even if it means getting into debt to do it!!
Think I'd rather give it to those who really need it at Christmas, those far less fortunate than myself but family pressures and reprisals often make this time of year sheer Hell for many... when will we ever learn???
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Old 27-November-2012, 02:04
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Hey Jenonnet, you are going to retire soon, perhaps you'll be like me and decide, 'I've done my bit, I've done what I had to do, now it's my turn and I shall do what I want to do'. I do, and I love it.
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Had this discussion with my Mum yesterday!
We both agreed that we should try to persuade the rest of the family to keep the prezzies for the under 18's
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Old 28-November-2012, 20:33
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I'm spending a max of £5 on everyone this year, whats the point in skiting yourself for one month of the year and then spedning the following year paying for it all ?

Might spend a little more on the Mrs although I've been told not to, but then since when I have I done what I've been told ?
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Old 28-November-2012, 20:53
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Did someone say something?
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Old 29-November-2012, 01:43
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Many years ago when I were a couple of years younger than I am now, My late wife and I hosted a Christmas party for my own family (I was one of 11 kids) and their familys. I wasn't well paid but we paid for everything, food and drink. We also bought a present for everyone. It was only a token present given to them after dinner, it was given in the spirit of Christmas.
One of the brothers opened his and said 'Wow, what did this cost, 40p'.
In 30 years, he has never given a party.
Christmas should never be about what we give or receive, it should be about what we offer.
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I do what I'm told more often than not, but what with us lookig to buy somewhere to live next year I think I might follow her advice - there's just so much I'd love to get her but she'd kill me !
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Behemoth, in nearly 40 years of marriage I never knew what to get my good lady. I guaranatee, were she alive today, I would still get it wrong. The problem is of course that women are not men.
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We've both agreed to spend at most £10 on each other for xmas seeing as we are moving in together next year, so more than anything token gifts. Still have no idea what to get !
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A gift should reflect that you thought about it, be it's cost £1 or £1000, it's true value is in the effort shown to seek it. A memory from the past, some silly thing that brings it back to mind perhaps. It's value will be in the fact that you remembered.
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A CD that she might like?
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Between August and December, my wife buys me things that I would buy myself for my hobby (woodworking, or more precisely, making electric guitars), or she will chip in towards something much more expensive. She buys things or pays to the value of around £50, and I'm even allowed to use the things immediately

Now, my problem has been that after us being together since 1970, I've run out of ideas of what to buy for her Christmas present, so what I've done for the last five years is give her £50 cash so if she sees something she wants, she can get it. That way, I can't be in the wrong for buying her something she doesn't want or need

We spend around £20 each on our children (now adults with their own kids, I hasten to say), and about the same amount on each of our grandchildren, all thirteen of them. Our Christmas period is an expensive time of year
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I have 3 children, plus their partners & 11 grandchildren, Mender and just like you, I give £20 each to my children, their partners & my 11 grandchildren.. Along with the money goes a selection box & some chocolate coins each for the grandchildren, plus a small present, such as books or cars, etc., for the younger ones, as the money will undoubtedly go into their bank accounts for a later date. Christmas is definitely an expensive time of year for me.

Hope you all have a good one

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The world is in turmoil. The country the same. Christmas, as has been pointed out, is expensive. But when has it ever been any different?
Did our mum and dads find it easy in the years after WWII? Of course not. Did that stop them giving their kids and themselves a good time at Christmas? Of course not.

I cannot remember too much about the presents that I got as a child at Christmas, but I do remember the fun, the enjoyment of silly games, the enjoyment of being part of a family at Christmas.

Christmas is not about what you receive, it's not even about what you give, it's about what you feel. Enjoy what you have. Think of those that have not.

As I said at the start, we live in a sad world. Make it better. A smile, a friendy word, such things cost nothing, but their value is priceless.

Have a good Christmas my friends.
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Couldn't agree more, it's a pity there aren't more people in this world with that attitude and outlook... it would be a much better place if they had.

Merry Christmas my online buddies and a very happy New Year, may it be a good one for you.
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Christmas kinda lost its sparkle this year, had to attend my grand fathers funeral this week, he was a ripe old age of 90 - we to this day don't know how he managed to keep on going. It was expected but none the less still not nice.

Can't be sad for him any more though he didn't want that and so carrying on as normal, everything has been purchased and I've done the last of my xmas shopping just a few moments ago, fillett steak for me and Mrs Behemoth on Xmas day - will be our first one together so really looking forward to that.

And it appears neither of us stuck to the £10 rule !
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