Monday, December 22, 2008
i posted earlier about our alternative christmas gift giving this year, and i think it was a huge success. we got to spend time with our loved ones and buy presents for children who will get little else this christmas.
that said, it was difficult to get alan's mother to come to terms with the fact that we wouldn't be buying anything for each other, so we compromised and agreed to a secret santa gift exchange. we got together for a christmas eve-eve-eve dinner tonight - each person received a gift costing no more than $30 from one other person. i like secret santa-ing because it allows you to buy one thoughtful gift for one person instead of ten gifts for ten people. it's fun, it saves money, and no one ends up with a whole bunch of stuff they don't need. i think everyone had a good time - mostly because we were together.