I have a very large family! We have toned down Christmas extremely because it is impossible to be able to afford to buy for everyone. The adults don't even exchange anymore. The kids now just draw names and buy each other gifts but even that has turned into a tricky situation every year. We have kids of all ages, kids that live in town and some that live out of state and never come home for Christmas. We have step-grandkids and children from "significant others". And we even have "children from significant others" who live out of state and never come home for Christmas. We have had situations in the past where after the drawing and the gifts were purchased there was a break up and we never saw the child at Christmas or ever again and we had situations where the out-of-state kids did not send their gifts home in time for the receiving child to open it at the Christmas party. Because of this we made up the rule that you only put your child in the exchange if you plan on being there at the family Christmas but almost every year a child is left without a gift to open because someone said they would be there and then did not arrive. My sister has even gone out and bought "back ups" for these situations but she is getting tired of the gift drama every year. We want the kids to continue to have something to open on at our family get-together because that is what makes it feel like Christmas and the kids get very excited, even if it is only one $20 dollar gift. How do you do gift exchanges with your extended family? Any creative suggestions?
on Nov. 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM