I finally got the 'no gifts' Christmas! I talked Lukas into it!
We will give the ornaments to the grandchildren and a hunk of cash. We will give the beef to the extended family - roasts depending on size of the family- and checks to our children and their spouses. Last night I mentioned to daughter-in-law's parents, who celebrate with us, that we weren't buying gifts this year, and they kind of gave a sigh of relief, too.
We grandparents are in the sorting out and getting rid of stuff stage, and the grandchildren are overly (in my opinion) showered with gifts, as well as most being old enough to want money. Lukas and I rarely exchange gift anyway - never have, much to the aghastness of our granddaughters (new word! Stonger than 'shock').
So I've been running around getting checks made out for the charities and planning Christmas dinner. It seems so easy, even with our being gone next week. I haven't baked for years, so life seems really, really, easy.
Since the world is going to end on the 21st anyway, I might as well enjoy what's left ----- or not.
Next year, this mound will be a hill!