Sir L and I have a different view on who we buy gifts for at Christmas especially as we have family in the UK and USA.
My family ( in the UK) buy for the children and since my mum died my sister & I buy a gift for each other too... a total of 6.
My husbands family buy for each other & the kids which is a total of 7 gifts which need to be lightweight in order to ship to the UK. Then we have the USA side which is a total of 9. Not to mention our own children.
Over the years I have been efficient at buying gifts through out the year by buying them on sale however now that I am working more hours & have three kids in sports I do not have the time to shop anymore. Plus I do not like shopping.
I have begged him to speak to his family regarding this but he won't and I cannot as I will be labelled the BAD sister/daughter in law.
So what shall I do as today is December 5th and I have hardly done any shopping?
I know some people would say send an amazon voucher via e-mail.....I loathe this as it is so impersonable and kids like to get toys or a parcel to open. Plus sending them to & from each country they seem to cancel each other out.
Over the years most of his family have sent vouchers which I then have to purchase a gift for our child with. I am done with that!
So I have given him 4 people in the UK to buy for and let's see what happens!
Meanwhile I have taken the step to say that we will not purchase presents for the local cousins due to the recession however I have said this before & then turned up to have gifts under the tree for our kids and we are empty handed!
Am I a Scrooge? What do you other ex- pats do regarding Christmas, buy for both sides?