I'm so sorry to have done a post and run on you all! Things were a bit hectic with post-holiday traveling and then when I got home I had some internet issues.
I am very blessed to have everyone in my family be an absolutely wonderful person. This aunt is a bit...hm, not sure how to phrase it best, maybe "out there" at times? Never in a bad person kind of way, more just kind of quirky, like not everything she does makes a ton of sense all the time. But she is generally a very kind and polite person, and very sensitive to others' needs, which was why it really struck me as odd and I wanted some extra opinions on it. I'm not 100% sure of her motivations behind making a small scene of it, but I would lean more towards it not being a selfish act. But again, not totally sure, it was just quite strange.
I did call her and we had a nice long chat and I thanked her a lot for it. And she said I did exactly what she hoped I would with the money, so that was nice that we were on the same page with that.