My family is not big on Christmas gifts, we normally just exchange some small things with immediate family and give cards and maybe $10 gift cards for extended family, with something a little larger for the young ones (under 18). Being 25, I haven't received a larger gift in several years, which I am fine with. However this year, I think my parents told my relatives that I was recently laid off because there have been a few kind of quiet hintings at my money situation. Also, one of my aunts gave me $500 in cash. When I opened the card, I was floored and I didn't know what to say other than to thank her profusely. I knew that no one else had gotten something so generous, so I quickly closed the card, and I said "Thank you Auntie, this is incredibly kind of you, I really appreciate it." I planned on flipping through later to see how much and then privately thanking her again, but she asked me flat out if I was even going to bother to count it. I was kind of stumped - my parents always told me that it's rude to count money gifts in front of the giver and that you should just make very clear your appreciation and then follow up later with a thank you note or phone call. I kind of stuttered and eventually said something along the lines of "I don't need to comb through it all to be touched by your generosity" and she kind of mumbled a bit (in a sort of joke-y tone) about how if she's going to give money as a gift, the least someone could do is care enough to see what they got. No one else really said anything, my grandparents just started giving out gifts to the kids to change the subject, and my aunt had to leave right after gifts so I didn't get an opportunity to follow up with her, so I was going to send a thank you note in the mail this week.
Did I do something wrong here? I'd hate to think I offended someone who was trying to be so nice to me. =\