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Old November 23rd, 2007, 02:16 PM
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Default So, instead of exchanging gifts with friends.....

.....we're making a donation to a group home for disabled children and adults....
Back in October I started feeling overwhelmed by Christmas and sent an email to our close circle of friends that we should all look around and realize how good we have it while others are not so lucky and that I would like to propose not doing the grand gift exchange that Christmas had bloated into among us and instead making a donation to the charity of each's choice and just be happy to share each others company. Everyone agreed and it's amazing how much better I feel about the upcoming season....still buying for family but maybe that will change in the coming years as well....
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Old November 23rd, 2007, 02:46 PM
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My friends and I started doing this about ten years ago. We have all migrated back to buying something for each other but keep giving to the needy. We find a local place that helps needy families not just toys for kids.
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Old November 23rd, 2007, 08:03 PM
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great idea and one we do our selves. That doesnt mean I have stopped gift giving, because I do it and I enjoy that, but I always take a certain % and give that to charitys and they get a card saying what the money will be used for. I am the one who fills out the cards and sends to gift notes for two differant small local charities and each year I have more and more to do which is great! My son gets from one friend, he Got a set of blankets, then a chicken given to a family in Africa..............worked there way to a goat last year! It's been fun!
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Old November 26th, 2007, 01:53 PM
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For the people on our lists that already have everything they could possibly want my kids pick out items from the World Vision catalogue. Last year we gave chickens, rabbits and goats to kids in poor countries. My youngest daughter loves to give gifts that will keep on giving and the people that we would normally have bought for love getting a personalized card from our kids explaining the difference that is being made by helping people help themselves.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 10:29 PM
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We used to have people who had big $$$ (or their company did ) give us incredibly unuseful gifts for the holidays. We've strongly suggested that they donate to a charitable organization instead.

I think we've "bought" a few goats (and maybe a cow (?)), from Heifer International !

This is so much better than the calendar's, etc., that we used to get!'

We just don't need anything else! We're at the point where we're trying to get rid of "stuff"!
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Old November 27th, 2007, 01:07 AM
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What great initiative Angela!
A bunch of us at work got brave this year and proposed foregoing gift-giving at our Christmas party (always a BIG deal, but always getting a bunch of stuff we don't want or need). We took a vote, and the "No's" won hands down. No gifts, but we will still do a dinner, and if anyone insists on gifts, give to a charity of their choice.

I've cut back this year too, just close family and friends, and home-made whenever possible.

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Old December 1st, 2007, 11:52 AM
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That is a good idea. We don't exchange gifts at work, but had already planned a very inexpensive dirty santa at our Christmas party next week. As a manager, I think I will send out a memo to our employees suggesting a group effort like this for Christmas this year.

I had already done most of my shopping for family this year in July. We were fortunate to be able to buy our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren a cruise for April. I am, of course, buying a few gifts for the DGC to unwrap on Christmas and will be putting Carnival dollars in the stockings.
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