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I am fortunate enough to have everything I need, so I've asked that in lieu of gifts that my family give the money to my brother. He supports a small orphanage in Haiti, so I am giving them a special Christmas dinner. My sisters have joined in to share our blessings, this year will provide dinner for surrounding families as well.
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@Marco -- my family/close friends did the same thing several years ago when many of them had financial set backs. Even though everyone is back on track now we still don't exchange gifts but do give to whatever charity we want as well are able. Since I work with a cat rescue and have several fosters, including hospice kitties, don't decorate as much either to keep things cat proof. Just get together for a big meal (pot-luck) and company. Very relaxing and 0 burnout :-)

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@Marco I love that idea! I don’t know if I could get everyone else on board but I sure would love that. I might bring it up this year and see what response I get.
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