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  •  Aahh, the holidays. (6+ / 0-)

    Hubby and I stopped giving gifts to each other several years back. Then we stopped with the rest of the family (with their agreement) and only gifted our niece. When she reached 18, there was a really nice gift (college money) and that was the last one.

    So we don't do the gift thing. We visit the family - maybe. It's a two-hundred-mile round trip, and since we have really old vehicles, we usually rent a car. That expense is worth not breaking down on the road, which has happened before. Try finding a tow truck on Christmas Day in Shubuta, Mississippi...

    But Thanksgiving is ours - we stay home; I cook huge and take dinner to a couple of shut-in neighbors for a few days, and I don't cook anything else at all until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when there's pretty much nothing left.

    Works for us...

    Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul. -- Sam Mockbee ~~~For handmade silver jewelry, click here.~~~

    by Lorinda Pike on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:22:41 AM PST

    •  Sounds a lot like us (4+ / 0-)
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      The Marti, entrelac, Lorinda Pike, Avila

      My husband and I never exchange gifts; we have put our resources into building our retirement funds and our retirement house in North Carolina. There's no better gift than the gift of knowing that we can enjoy our golden years in a beautiful location.  

      Years ago, we began spending our Christmas to New Year's time at the ocean, first in rental places along the SC and NC coast and now at our own completed home in NC. We welcome family and friends, but cherish our "alone time" also, as a time to reflect and be grateful for our many blessings.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:30:49 AM PST

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