We visited my mother for their Christmas visit, yesterday (the kids were both down sick on Odysseus's last day off). We could not avoid my relatives, unfortunately. I tried.
The kids kinda made out like bandits...for which I wanted to slap all of my aunts stupid. Not one of those people have enough to spend what they spent on the kids*. At all. My mother was only a tiny bit better.
I was much happier with what Odysseus and I were given: four big freezer bags full to the brim with cookies, and another with home-made brown and serve rolls. A basket full of apples, with a brick of sharp, white cheddar, and a gift pack of crackers and two types of summer sausage. Stuff either cheap, or home-made.
Best about it is that it's over, and I don't have to see these people again until next Christmas.
*Yes, I do begrudge gifts given when the giver is using money I paid in as taxes, thank you very much. Especially when I hear a constant litany of complaints about how the government isn't taking enough from me to give to them, when they have a higher income than I do.
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