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    My family plays Bingo at our Christmas gathering. We bring gag gifts and one nice gift, all wrapped. Bingo winners pick a gift. We do the rob neighbor thing too. Sometimes it is a voluntary swap. Lots of fun.

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    Our family is very small and we have a rule that we give gifts to the children who have not yet graduated high school...once graduated they are considered an adult. LOL However, now that we all have grands, it is getting tedious. We have also done the Dirty Santa where we picked an anonymous wrapped gift and then each take a turn either taking "away" an opened gift or choosing an unopened gift. One a gift has been "taken' 3 times it is frozen!

    There are only 4 siblings and since our parents passed, 2 of the sisters would buy my brother and I small gifts even though we had agreed beforehand to only do the Dirty Santa. It always made my brother and I feel badly even though the gifts were very inexpensive. So, of course, it developed that each sibling started buying for each other and then the $ of the gift went up. Since half of the "children" did not want to participate in the Dirty Santa, it ends up being us four with just a couple of the children involved. Last year we weren't all able to get together but the siblings still bought gifts for each other and the grands.

    This year with the economy, it's going to be very hard. There is no such thing as a $5.00 toy anymore except junk that breaks before they get home with it. Urggggg. Since we have several pre-teens and teens, they want gift cards so it's really not any fun to "shop" for them. I think we will agree this year to just buy for our immediate family. Although my brother is single and has no children so we always feel he gets "left out" of the gift giving.

    Oh well, we will all get thru Christmas this year, too!! Hopefully....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    Our family is very small and we have a rule that we give gifts to the children who have not yet graduated high school...once graduated they are considered an adult. LOL However, now that we all have grands, it is getting tedious. We have also done the Dirty Santa where we picked an anonymous wrapped gift and then each take a turn either taking "away" an opened gift or choosing an unopened gift. One a gift has been "taken' 3 times it is frozen!

    There are only 4 siblings and since our parents passed, 2 of the sisters would buy my brother and I small gifts even though we had agreed beforehand to only do the Dirty Santa. It always made my brother and I feel badly even though the gifts were very inexpensive. So, of course, it developed that each sibling started buying for each other and then the $ of the gift went up. Since half of the "children" did not want to participate in the Dirty Santa, it ends up being us four with just a couple of the children involved. Last year we weren't all able to get together but the siblings still bought gifts for each other and the grands.

    This year with the economy, it's going to be very hard. There is no such thing as a $5.00 toy anymore except junk that breaks before they get home with it. Urggggg. Since we have several pre-teens and teens, they want gift cards so it's really not any fun to "shop" for them. I think we will agree this year to just buy for our immediate family. Although my brother is single and has no children so we always feel he gets "left out" of the gift giving.

    Oh well, we will all get thru Christmas this year, too!! Hopefully....
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    My DH family Christmas get together is large. 40 people plus. Thankfully we do an adult gift exchange. One male gift and one female gift. We play that gift swap game...rob your neighbor. I, frankly, hate bothering with this. I prefer to hang out and visit with everyone vs wasting time on this. It is voluntary to participate but i really don't care if we pay this game. Am i a scrooge?? It is not a budget concern....i am bored with it.

    Sandy
    No, you're not a Scrooge. I think those games are a waste of time and money. And I don't like making words out of the names of people who are getting married, or trying to remember the baby items on a tray, but that's just me!

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    Some of my children are fans of this game, but I am not. Last year I wanted to get out my many boxes of photographs and have the children start taking home the ones that pertain to them. This would turn into a day of "Remember when?", I'm sure. I lost, but this year I won't. It's my house and we'll do it my way. If the bossy one wants to play the game, she can host the dinner. I will have the scanner and lots of ink ready because I think there will requests for duplicates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Some of my children are fans of this game, but I am not. Last year I wanted to get out my many boxes of photographs and have the children start taking home the ones that pertain to them. This would turn into a day of "Remember when?", I'm sure. I lost, but this year I won't. It's my house and we'll do it my way. If the bossy one wants to play the game, she can host the dinner. I will have the scanner and lots of ink ready because I think there will requests for duplicates.

    What a wonderful idea!! We still have not divided our parents' photos which are stored in boxes at my "single" brother's home which was my parents' home. I think I will suggest this to my siblings. We have several of the "adult" children who are "sentimental" and would love to see all the photos!

    I also have my family photos divided into each person's name with wife, children. I am going to tell my DS/DDILs that it's their time to be the caretaker of the photos so I can use the space for more sewing goodies!!! HeHe

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    We always have the ornament exchange. I much prefer a gift since my tree is ornament specific. I usually buy what I like and if I don't see anything else I a try to get my ornament back. Sometimes I chicken out and don't. Especially if the one that got it really likes it. One time they caught on to what I did and they kept stealing it from me. All done in love though and they got a big kick out of it.

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    Our family does a little $2.00 gift exchange which is fun and then we sit down at a large table and start a puzzle that goes on all day with people dropping in and out as they wish. Very family friendly and comfortable for us

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    This year will be our 27th Smith festival. Every year we have it at one of three houses (there are three brothers and their wives.) With all the grandchildren now and some of their girl and boyfriends we have about 30 people. We always exchange what we call "funny gifts" and it is a hoot. Everyone brings a predetermined number of gifts (determined by the host and hostess for that year.) Never more than five per person and only three this year. I love games but, and this is a big BUT, we have a nephew who wants to play that thing where you pick a package from the pile and then he has everyone "hand it to the left, now hand it to the right, now hand it to the left", etc and it goes on forever. I absolutely hate that game, it takes up so much of our visiting time and it can take two hours to just open the funny gifts. When it is at our house we make the rules and don't play that annoying game.
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    We are a large family and spread all over the country, instead of exchanging names we have the people with children bring a small gift for each of their own children. This way if someone can not make it each child that is there still gets a gift. We do a womens gift swap(dirty Santa) But guys hate it so they all throw a given amount of money into a pot and they split it into three equal piles. and draw cards for the 3 highest cards and the highest cards win the pots. The guys like it , the kids love it because their parents know what they like and the women usually go along, most participate, but not all and know one cares if some do not play.
    Toodie

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    My oldest daughter, who hosts our family Christmas party, always wants to do a gag gift exchange. Everyone else hates it and would rather visit and play games. This year everyone is going to stick to their guns at Thanksgiving and say no one wants to exchange gifts at Christmas. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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    We have given it up, simply because some of the family members can't afford it...but the last few years we did it, we picked a letter, and all the gifts had to start with that letter. It's a challenge, and makes you think a bit. We had a $10 limit. The gift I gave for "Q" year was a quart crock jar with Quick Pick lottery tickets...my niece got $7.00 from the tickets, and keeps some cooking utensils in the jar! We have one of the kids pick a letter for the next year, and you can think about it. I got the idea from a friend who's family started with A, and proceeded through the alphabet.

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    Update. Due to the family gathering possibly interfering with some who have to work on Monday....the swap as been cancelled. No, I did not suggest it either. people will be dropping in at different times.

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    Glad the situation settled itself... our family has had a dirty Santa t-shirt exchange with funny t-shirts. Everyone ends up with a shirt, sometimes they love it and sometimes???
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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