I like to crochet some pot holders in the shape of a flower ... am not sure I should carry on & give them as gifts now LOL
my worst souvenir was a purple sweater by MIL and another year a black nylon slip & another time a no sleeves nylon night dress .... totally what I would NEVER wear ever .... seems such a waste of money !!!
have half solved the problem by moving to another country and refusing to visit at Christmas ... but still not successful in getting her to understand that I would prefer NO gift at all ... considering all the hypocrisy going on in the family, the idea of gifts just makes me sick
... maybe this year I'll try to mention the world economic situation & see if that' more efficient at getting the message accross
...although, I suppose she gets the message, she just cannot give up the idea of herself being such a good person for giving us stuff she's been thinking so hard about it (you cannot give her hints about what would be appreciated ... because she won't follow them as it won't be really coming from her /her own idea ..)
have had a problem decluttering, for years, not solved, am just taking baby steps and making very little progress at a time
so Christmas is such a setback in my efforts ....
have taken 3 photos of what the children refused to tidy up for more than a month
am thinking of e-mailing them & explaining that I refuse to pick up after them
that it's such a waste to spend money on more stuff since we already have too much
& suggesting she sends them a pair of cotton pyjamas each
I doubt it will work, but who knows ....