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Christmas Overload?

One woman’s Christmas gifts to her family has caused a viral uproar.  It’s not so much what the gifts are; it’s the amount of gifts that appear under the tree that seem to be bothering some.

Although it’s this woman’s right to purchase 300 gifts and post pictures of her load all over social media, it’s really nobody’s business.  Unfortunately, when someone posts something such as this, they have to expect backlash.  I mean, what did she think was going to happen?

Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is.  To me 300 gifts in my living room is the norm every year.  But that’s what happens when you have ten people to buy for.  And those ten people buy gifts also.  My house is 960 square feet.  My living room is about 12 x 15.  So you can imagine what it looks like squeezing ten people, furniture, a tree and over 300 gifts into one room.  Once the gifts are “under” the tree (and around the tree, piled up several feet from the tree, etc.), there isn’t much room left to move around.  Opening gifts in my house is pretty much an all day affair.  My husband and I don’t open our gifts to each other until Christmas night.  And if you really think 300 gifts is excessive, I know a family who does way more than that.  It’s not uncommon for them to still be finding gifts after the New Year.


Has this woman missed the meaning of Christmas?  Have I?  I don’t think either of us has.  Maybe she’s like me and doesn’t buy much for her kids through out the year.  Maybe a lot of her gifts are health and beauty items which will help defray the cost of such items for the recipients for a brief time.  Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant and other health items are some of the most well liked gifts in my house.  Believe it or not, those items do add up.

Some may consider what this woman has under her tree as a Christmas overload.  To me it’s just a lot of memories for her family.



I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!

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