So while I'm making my plans for our core family, there is always the lingering anticipation - sometimes good, sometimes bad - of what other people expect and how they will (or won') feel loved.
ALAS (or THANKFULLY), I am not the God of the universe and I will not be the answer to their emotional needs during the holidays. FURTHER, it is my FIRST job to love my husband and kids and to guide a worshipful Christmas season for them.
When it comes to gifts for extended family, it has boiled down to budget and to time needed to execute:
- Some years we have gotten everyone something (in-laws, outlaws, nieces and nephews).
- Some years we consolidate the adults and get one gift per couple.
- A couple years we donated things in honor of our family (like through Heifer International - that made someone made and it kind of ruined it for me a few years).
- Some years we have done cards.
- Some years, gift cards.