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When my brother and sister-in-law decided to opt out of the gift exchange last year, all hell broke loose!

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Guest Blogger Emily: OK, first of all, I know we are in a recession, and times are tight. But when my brother and sister-in-law told everyone they would not be doing the gift exchange last year, the family was less than pleased.

My brother's family had just taken a very expensive cruise a month before. And now they were telling us they couldn't afford our measly $40-limit gift? How much were they really saving by not doing the gift exchange ... $150? Was it worth disrupting our family tradition just for that?

My brother said it wasn't about the money. He told us none of his family needs anything, and he feels it's a waste of time to just exchange gift cards back and forth.

I'd love to hear from others who have opted out of Christmas. How did your families take it? What were your reasons for opting out?

Help me understand. Because I really don't want World War III to break out over Christmas dinner again this year just because my brother refused to spring for a few Cheesecake Factory gift cards for the rest of us.

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True Mom December 15, 2010, 7:04 AM

A picture exchange!! Draw names and find a picture of them (or the two of you) from the past, frame it and exchange. Everybody gets a great keepsake that is intensely personal (usually involving a inside joke or special memory) and it always makes for great story telling.
Kids and grandparents alike feel very special and it costs a whopping $ 0.49 to make a photo copy.

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 10:18 AM

Good information. Enjoyable and fun reading. I have a observation to offer about funny shirts.

Student Visa  February 10, 2011, 5:58 PM

You are a very intelligent individual!

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