Our Thanksgiving is more functional, though my older sister, bless her heart, is a lot of work to be related to. Still, we are back up to 3 Thanksgivings, not including the one we turned down, so I guess that is the nearly the opposite of hosting dinner. The new one is this Sunday, thankfully, and amongst friends and neighbors at the farm over the hill. I don't expect the food to be fabulous, or even anything I can eat, but it will still be my favorite, seeing as I can let my hair down and be myself (mostly, I'm pretty obnoxious, sarcastic and impulsive with no checks and balances).
Last night I started going over the Christmas list, and the goal of keeping the whole shebang around $300 seems pretty dim, even keeping most adults out of it. Looks like closer to $400. Which is better than most years, even so. I've got the grandnephews down under $10, I just don't know where else to cut. Partly it will come down to whose names dh and I draw for his family. My family, adults aren't exchanging presents, though usually I bring some anyway. Not so this year. Making some clove oranges, actually from our thorny little exotic orange tree that bloomed and fruited, giving us round, kumquat-size fruits that smell strongly of orange and vanilla..... mmmmmm..... going to put just a few cloves in those, not too many.
Unfortunately, getting the budget down means making more things, which I really don't need. I keep thinking I will make my own Christmas cards, but always discouraged because buying nice envelopes costs as much as a cheap box of cards (damned consumer economy!) But I think I will make Spirograph designs on watercolor paper, that can be sealed shut and mailed without envelope. Yup, more projects!