Yes, I have a have a post about Christmas just gone!
in our (extended) family my mum or her sisters offers to host Christmas each year. This year my youngest aunt offered. Normally my my mum and aunts share the cost by bringing a dishe or snacks. This year, I phoned my aunt to ask what I could bring. (I haven't contributed before but this is the second christmas since I've left home.) After this conversation she asked what I wanted for Christmas.
I was a litte bit suprised because she has never bought me a christmas present: when I was a child she was young single and um, scatter-brained even when she had toddlers. She'd promise things but she'd never followed through with anything. Now that me and the older cousins have grown up, we don't expect anything from anyone apart from our parents. However, she is now older, with teenagers, settled, own home etc. etc. This is also the first time she volunteered
to do christmas (a few years ago she was told
to do it!) so maybe I assumed she was doing things differently.
so off the top of my head, I asked for a particular make-up brush from the brand she and I both use. Inexpensive, and she knows where to get it, she even has one of her own. She said fine, she'll get it. One christmas day when present's were being given out, everyone got a present apart. On Christmas Eve, she said she wasn't able to get it but she'd get it later. I said 'Ok'. On christmas day, when the presents were being passed out all the younger kids got presents, as expected, and so did my mum and aunts. The cousins and I, (6 in total) got nothing. Fair enough, I wasn't expecting anything but why give out presents to everyone except a group of people? and why get people's hopes up by promising something and not following through??