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Old 12-09-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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To those who celebrate Christmas I was wondering; how many gifts do you buy each of your children? Also do you exchange gifts with your spouse? We're having to cut back more than ever this year and I was just wondering what everyone else is doing.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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DH and I don't exchange gifts. I'm spending less than $30 on each of my DDs. My 5 year old asked for a new Diego DVD, a plastic horse and foal, and some batteries for a dog stuffed animal that she has. My 2.5 year old didn't ask for anything, but she is getting new undies (she loves Diego, and the only character clothes I let my girls wear are undies). She's also getting a few little people.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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One of my friends went to church today and the sermon was on christmas and how jesus got 3 gifts and that should be good enough for our kids. just a thought.
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One of my friends went to church today and the sermon was on christmas and how jesus got 3 gifts and that should be good enough for our kids. just a thought.

I agree three is a good number. I want my children to know the true meaning of Christmas. DH and I are just sad/frustrated about the cost of the presents this year. Our DD is only 3 months old and she won't know the difference, but DS is 6 and has his heart set on a few select toys. Maybe its just because he's older now, but it seems like all the toys are atleast $30 this year. Plus the bus moniter has been giving him toy catalogs to look at so his list keeps growing. I've been telling him to just pick two though because I want one to be a surprise.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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One of my friends went to church today and the sermon was on christmas and how jesus got 3 gifts and that should be good enough for our kids. just a thought.


This is exactly what we do. 3 gifts to each of our own kids, based on Jesus' gifts. A chocolate orange in the stockings. DH and I each give each other 1 gift. Our kids each get 2-3 gifts from each set of grandparents. Nothing else to or from aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends, teachers, etc.
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Re: How many gifts for Christmas?

We just do $ limit so we go on that so like more smaller $ more gifts......hubby & I don't really do much for each other....mainly for kids. We might label onefrom each other.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:14 AM   #7
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Re: How many gifts for Christmas?

The kids only get 6 or so gifts from "Mom & Dad" and Santa brings around 30ish. They only get 6ish from us because of time. We have a large family and we open gifts from youngest to oldest. If each child had 20 something gifts from Mom and Dad in addition to the gifts from others it would take ALL day to open gifts.
Dh and I buy around 5-6 for each other. The kids also pick out a gift to give their sibling .
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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The kids only get 6 or so gifts from "Mom & Dad" and Santa brings around 30ish. They only get 6ish from us because of time. We have a large family and we open gifts from youngest to oldest. If each child had 20 something gifts from Mom and Dad in addition to the gifts from others it would take ALL day to open gifts.
Dh and I buy around 5-6 for each other. The kids also pick out a gift to give their sibling .
Wow - I am both shocked to see that and relieved (I always felt like the rest of the world had accomplished a minimalist zen with gift giving). That is so many!
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:43 AM   #9
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All depends on our budget.

We usually buy one gift for each other. Like jammies or a new electric toothbrush.

The kids gifts all come from santa. Last year they each got 16. This year will be 12-14 each. They each get one from my inlaws and each get 2 from my parents. They dont get gifts from anyone else.
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I think one from us and one from Santa, plus a stocking (lots of little stuff) is enough. He also gets presents from 2 sets of grandparents and 3 sets of aunts/uncles, so he will have plenty.
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