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There are six cousins on my dads side of the family. When I was around 10 years old, one aunt decided she wanted to draw names instead of buying for all the cousins. She had one child, another aunt had two kids, and my dad had three. No matter the way we did it, mom still had to buy three gifts for the same three cousins! She didn't like it, but I know now why my aunt wanted it. She couldn't afford to buy five gifts, but she could swing one gift.

My SIL wanted to draw names between the three siblings & three in-laws two years ago. My sister said "NO!" I didn't want to either, but I just go with the flow. Sister, not so much!! Last year, my sister decided, after I had started buying gifts, that we needed to draw names! We rigged it to where I got SIL's name since I had already bought her gift! For years, we've exchanged with DH's sister and her DH and it was hard because you never knew what to get and usually got something you really didn't need/want. SIL & her DH had financial problems last year, so I suggested to her that we just buy for the kids (she has six, we have one).

You know what? It was fine. No extra junk to bring home with us, and we were able to really think about the few gifts we were giving. We draw names for stockings with my family too, so I ended up getting nothing for my sister and two gifts for my brother! It bothered me that I wasn't getting a gift for my sister, but it ended up being okay. We had four less gifts to buy in total, so $100 saved in our budget for gifts.
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Oh officepro4u, I feel for you! That will be a hard "transition!" It's hard to change a good thing...especially for those reasons! 3/4 of the fun is all the shopping, the hustle & bustle & watching that person open their gift! Is there any way to change their minds? I hope you all enjoy anyway!!
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I know change can be very hard but even though you do not like what is being proposed you can still make it positive. Sing Christmas carols, play a couple games of Christmas Trivia prusuit and have cute little gag gifts for the winner. That will help to extend the time together. Other things you can is help out a needy family for the holidays or pick a child off of an angel tree and buy them a gift or two.


I had proposed to do something similar with DH's sibilings and a close friend of the whole family- drawn names or do an ornament exchange as it was getting to the point that in some cases gift cards were being exchanged in place of an actual gift. Not very christmassy in my book.

So after much discussion between me and DH this what we decided to do. The kids and I will be making homemade ornaments, cakes and breads to give as gifts to them. We are going to take the extra money we would have spent on their gifts and spend them a couple of troops stationed over in Irag and Afghanistan who normally would not be receiving anything. We will be able to help out a few deserving people in a true Christmas fashion.
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If your Brother and his Wife want to draw names for present fine let them, let them 'draw 2 names' for gifts and when they have handed their gifts out for Christmas and received theirs, you can go back to your own traditional family Christmas where everyone has brought presents for everyone else. If your Brother then has anything to say you can say 'Well we talked it over as a family and decided we liked our traditional Christmas best, so we did not want to hurt your feelings we also went along with your idea as well.
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Originally Posted by ScottCalvin View Post
If your Brother and his Wife want to draw names for present fine let them, let them 'draw 2 names' for gifts and when they have handed their gifts out for Christmas and received theirs, you can go back to your own traditional family Christmas where everyone has brought presents for everyone else. If your Brother then has anything to say you can say 'Well we talked it over as a family and decided we liked our traditional Christmas best, so we did not want to hurt your feelings we also went along with your idea as well.

Good Idea!
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Some people have more of Scrooge in them than the Christmas Spirit. That's a shame, but don't let it drag your Christmas down. We started drawing names when my brothers' and my families started getting bigger. We just didn't have the money to get for everyone. I'm used to it as that's what my parents, aunts, and uncles did. One of my brothers (he's single) has gotten something for everyone anyway. That's his choice. He doesn't expect to receive from everyone; he just gets for everyone. We understand and are glad he is able to do that. Perhaps you could suggest that homemade gifts should be given instead of store-bought gifts. Hopefully they wouldn't object to putting some of their time into their gifts.

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