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IMO hosting a casual smorgasbord at 5pm is much less work than holding a family holiday for 20. Maybe they were sad not to have a houseful on the 25th and came up with a solution that the pregnant wife could handle? I can see how it would be annoying. At least you were invited :)
Well, I estimated $175 including stocking stuffers, and I now that I am finished I see that I spent that almost to the penny. Under the tree he will have  a remote control car (from Santa), a lego set, a game (Quirkle, which is really a gift for the whole family), 2 books, and a new pillow and sheet set (needed anyway, but I think he'll have fun opening them). In the stocking he will have candy, goldfish crackers, a Beyblade, postit notes, scotch tape, puzzle books, and...
My son felt the same way over a Buzz Lightyear toy. Five years later, he does not or has not clamored for all things Buzz or Toy Story. And he's seen the movies. I wouldn't worry too much.
Cookie decorating?
I'd go for an "in lieu of gifts" suggestion before telling people what to buy. Like, In lieu of gifts please write down a wish for the birthday boy that we will save for him when he can read. On our first bday we asked for items for a time capsule to be opened on his 18th birthday instead of gifts.   On the upside, these days everyone is using gift bags so at least you can reuse them! Also, those plastic toys can go to a shelter or given to a Christmas toy drive for...
The holiday season - It is about the food, the lights, the holiday kindness, time with friends, taking a step back from school and work, baking, traditions, etc. Totally.   I will also admit that for me - Christmas morning is all about the presents, the presents, the presents   I love it, I love seeing the look on Dh and Ds's face, I love that DS still might believe a little in the magic of Santa, and I love love love playing with him and his new toys. I admit...
OP - I didnt' quote it, but you think taking an under the table job is a good solution for life?   Have you ever talked to an undocumented worker? Because I know them, and they work their a$$es off. Seven days a week.For $10/hour.  No paid time off, no benefits. I don't even think that they can get workman's comp if they get hurt at work. And if your child were to take a job like this someday and complain and try to get treated properly, he/she would likely get fired...
I've been seeing a therapist weekly for 10 months now and I was wondering what the protocol was for a holiday "tip" or gift card or something for a therapist. I guess the reason it comes to mind is that she has been seeing me at a substantial discount since my insurance ran out and I know I will be getting a bonus from work. Is it weird, awkward, or common? I also know her enough that I could definitely pick out something nice for her.   Would love to hear from...
Adaline's Mama - Refering to your birkenstock example, as an adult I've learned what needs to be purchased based on quality and therefore worth the price. That's why I scrimp in many areas - usually by buying second-hand - and buy those $100 shoes. My back, ankles, and feet are worth a lot to me! But in the context of this thread, I also use that mentality while buying Christmas gifts. I will buy quality soft cotton sheets and purchase from the local toy store that...
  I agree with the your commercialism rant, but I don't believe it is relevant to this point because I'm not hearing it on this thread. And I don't understand why you are accusing people of spending more than $50 as buying into a "gimme gimme" mentality or that we allow TV to dictate to us what our kids need. That's a blatant generalization and an uncalled for assumption and an unpleasant accusation. I'm certainly not going to justify my spending habits, but you don't...
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