It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Posted 03 November 2011 - 01:15 PM
We now have kris kringle on both sides of the family. My husband and I have decided we don't want presents from his family for our birthdays as we now have a baby and she's an extra expense for them (not that they have at all suggested this!).
If we go home for Christmas, Mum does the full traditional lunch and as we've flown there to be with everyone she doesn't like us chipping in for food. (We usually leave gift vouchers or money that she only finds once we've left for Aus.)
Posted 03 November 2011 - 01:30 PM
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:59 AM
My family does a Kris Kringle type of thing. We have a limit of $100 per couple (we all have partners). So we basically draw names out of a hat and then the person we are buying for gives us a list of 5-10 present ideas and we what to buy off that. That way people are getting something that they want but still a little bit of a surprise.
I also have 7 nieces/nephews to buy for as well so try to get something in the sales for them too but sometimes I am still trudging around the shops just before Xmas trying to find something suitable.
Food - we split our food list between everyone that is coming and I generally buy my bits and pieces with our normal grocery shopping in the month or so prior to Xmas so it's not all in one hit.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:37 PM
This year will (hopefully) be the first in our new house. It's looking like we'll have completion before then so we'll hopefully be moved in before Christmas. As yet, we've made no plans for Christmas Day. DH's family are all across Australia, his parents are coming down for a visit in the New Year. My parents are seperated, and I'm yet to work out how we are dealing with that for Christmas Day - maybe Mum for lunch, Dad and his 'lady friend' for dinner? Boxing Day is the big one for us. My Mum's side of the family always have a massive Christmas on Boxing Day affair, everyone brings a plate - desserts, leftovers etc. and a small gift under $20 for each child to go under the tree from Santa...
so no big presents for any of us - our big present is a newly completed house. Next year we'll buy a big outdoor play item for the kids - a swing/cubby set or a trapoline at the mid year christmas layby sale...
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:03 AM
We will buy gifts for our immediate family but usually I buy gifts for others that benefit disadvantaged communities or causes that are close to my heart. Last year I purchased all my gifts from the Oxfam shop at a sale in October, this year I am purchasing small gifts from a combination of Baan Unrak Weaving (to support single mothers on the Thai/Burma border), Animals Australia Christmas Shop and UNICEF Australia where I can buy charity gifts to give that help children in 3rd world countries.
We are so blessed here in Australia and we know such abundance. While I can think of some things that I'd maybe like to receive, these things are not going to change my life in the same way that purchases through UNICEF or Baan Unrak Weaving can genuinely change the lives of others. These things don't have to be expensive and for those on a budget they can be an ideal option to traditional gift giving.
On the food front, I'm a vegan so we don't have the expense of meats or exotic seafood. Our Christmas grocery shop will cost only ~$20 more than a regular shop, only because we will have an additional person with us for a few days over the Christmas period.
We have had the same Christmas tree for many years and our decorations are used year after year. I always buy a few new things every year, but this costs less than $20. This year I purchased my decorations from Baan Unrak and I love them ( http://img1.etsystat...l.189681889.jpg )
Posted 05 November 2011 - 09:21 AM
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 02:24 PM
We purchase small items throughout the year that I put in the top of the wardrobe and often forget about.
As I have one big kid (11) and a little one (3) we usually go with one big item and some little ones. They also have three other sets of grand-parents buying for them but their stuff is split up between two houses.
My mum will usually give my son money which he gets to spend half and has to bank the other half. And she will get my daughter one thing.
DP's parents (mother mostly) loves to buy presents so she will get them lots of little things and clothes etc. But then when you compare my kids to DP's neice they dont have as nearly as much as she does...lol.
Having said the above though, the kids dont get alot during the year. The will get an odd toy here and there but the majority of items are left until their b'day and xmas.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:13 PM
* Buying most of our kids' stuff early (as in, I have ALL of the presents for our two kids in the house, wrapped and stashed and a trampoline hiding in the shed ) and in little dribs and drabs so it's more affordable ($20 here and $50 there v. spending $500 in one go).
* Trying not to go too silly on our kids, keeping in mind how spoiled they get from all the relos ( did say 'trying' . This year we have gone a bit silly: We spent around $130 on each child and then they got their $250 trampoline as well. This is as nuts as we have gone...they are only 3 and 1 though, God help me!! ).
* Having a $100 KK in my family (so it costs us $200, a KK each) plus buying for the nephews ($20 limit). We also get my folks a joint present - usually each sibling puts in $100 - $200 (this year it was $75 which was great). It means you get a really good pressie for xmas and it also means that usually DH and I don't buy for each other as we know we have at least one good pressie coming our way
* Only buying for the kids in DH's family (a kid is classified as under 18 so each year we lose one...but we also seem to gain at the other end ) and, again, having a $20 per child limit. We buy a token gift for his folks - usually a book each. So buying for DH's family usually costs around $200 total.
* Buying grog on special before xmas and stashing it.
* We take whatever food we are asked to take to each family gathering - usually spending between $30 - $50 for each gathering. BUT we spend xmas eve and day with my folks and xmas night with his folks...and usually back to mine for Boxing Day. This means that for three days we 'eat out' and we end up taking leftovers home so I can sometimes stretch it to four...$100 for four days of eating over xmas seems reasonable to me.
* We try to stash away over time money sometime in Sept / Oct especially for xmas. This year DH did a two week army stint in Oct, excellent, it paid off our credit card, paid for xmas outright and left us some money to pay for a wedding we're going to in Feb.
Christmas costs us between $1200 - 1400 in total and our kids are still babies. God help me when they are teenagers!! But it's all paid before before the big event...I would pull my hair out if we were using credit cards to fund xmas.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:37 PM
We've been known to rewrap toys for subsequent children We did it last year for the twins and for Lew's 1st Christmas as well. We also got them 1 new toy, but they're too little to understand, for us it was more about letting the older ones know that it isn't just about them IYKWIM?
My side of the family is easy, we only buy for the kids (so just 2 other kids) and I make up a plate of baked goodies for the adults. DH's family is small so that's easy too.
Food, I do a lot of baking, try and spread it out as much as possible (less stressful that way too!), stock up on things as they come on special etc etc. We also get a hamper from DH's work which includes a ham and turkey as well as other bits and pieces. We normally buy a couple of hams over the summer period anyway, I find it works out to be quite an economical and easy meal option.
DH and I will splurge on each other if we have extra funds, but we've also had a lot of fun filling a stocking for each other on a limited budget.
Posted 10 November 2011 - 12:07 PM
Food well we are having lunch at mum and dads so i doubt mum will want us to bring anything, we'll probably help cook but thats ok.
We dont really buy for extended family dont see much of anyone really. I'll probably make something yummy to give to the extended people.
I feel more organised this yr but i still dont feel organised enough
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