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December 25, 2004



I create a Christmas List for Maricella. This way I can balance most of the gifts, educational, entertainment, clothes, etc. Of course some things purchased are not from the list, but setting the list helps direct the other purchases. Some people might find lists controlling, but hey, I'm the parent! Good luck!


When the boys were smaller, after several years of excess, I limited both sets of grandparents to two, and only two, gifts per kid. I just made sure I told them of something that the boys really wanted, so they got the big, big smiles. And I told them that it was NOT about how much it cost, just about how pleased they would be to receive it. That worked pretty well for us.

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