Dh's family is very traditional when it comes to Christmas gifts, by that I mean that homemade gifts probably are not appreciated and there are no worries about the children getting too much "stuff" is not a concern.
In 3 years we have went from 1 child in the extended family to 7 AND four of the kids have birthdays with in two weeks of Christmas. So that means that I have to send 9 gifts every December.
There are 2 issues I am feeling with this
#1- its expensive- I am trying to make as many as possible but I know I will not have time with baby #2 coming in a few weeks
#2- I hate sending a HUGE amount of stuff to kids who have way way way too much of it already, and I dont like DS thinking that Christmas is about as many presents as he can get or getting more stuff.
I am thinking about bringing up the idea of doing a "secret santa" like the adults in the family do, meaning each child buys for one other kid.
DH thinks we should just suck it up instead of rocking the boat...but I know in the next few years there will be more babies and this could get out of control!!!
I am wondering what other people do in these situations....