Season for gifting....

@vandana7 (66116)
India
December 3, 2009 3:50am CST
Well, it is, isn't it? How are you all planning your gifts? In India, when it is our festival time (Diwaali), we give crackers, clothes, and sweets. Crackers may cost anything around $20, clothes that we gift for festivals will also be around that. Sweets, may be half that cost. Close family members receive clothes, children of close family members receive clothes, crackers, as well as sweets, and others are given just sweets. Do you all celebrate Christmas like that? Do your relatives understand if you can't really buy them costly gifts any year? What would be the smallest gift that would still be acceptable as Christmas gift at your end? Please share your views.
3 responses
@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
3 Dec 09
Hi Vandana! We do not celebrate Christmas as such and distribute gifts. However, due to cosmoplitian nature of our city, children indulge in celebrating Christmas in their own manner by buying Christmas tree, Santa caps and toys. What do you do on Christmas?
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@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
5 Dec 09
Hi Vandana! Now I can understand that your convent school education did influence you and you love celebrating Christmas. Please do enjoy your cake on the occasion and send a portion of it for me too.. I also get a small Christmas cake, one of my colleagues is Christen and she will prepare and bring it for us on the occasion of Christmas. OH! you are so kind towards flowers and leaves, hats of to you that you can think too deeply about tress and plants.
@vandana7 (66116)
• India
5 Dec 09
Hi deepak, well, I studied in Hindi medium right up to 5th standard! Thereafter, I was in convent. :) Dad says the nuns pampered me, and spoilt me rotten. :) Actually, I am incorrigible. They tried their level best to repair me. But all the king's horses, and all the king's men, could not put ...... LOL.
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@vandana7 (66116)
• India
5 Dec 09
And Deepak, dont eat too many cakes. Not good for your health. LOL.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Dec 09
Hi Vandana, I love giving gifts during the christmas season. I don't buy those expensive ones. At least i have something for everyone. We have lots of stalls in the malls and everywhere selling cheap gift items. So not so hard for us to shop. All i need is a list and how much will be my budget for gifts. small items that are acceptable are face towels, pens, soaps, hankies, socks, etc.
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@vandana7 (66116)
• India
5 Dec 09
Hi msfrancisco, exactly the answer I was looking for. :) Here people would laugh if we offered gifts like that! Anything less than clothes or sweet box is absolutely unacceptable! Pity. :( I wish people would move out of formalities and enjoy festival as it is meant to be. :) But may be, it is only within my family and friend circle. May be others are more open to the spirit rather than gifts. At times it does become very difficult, with people returning gifts and having differences! LOL. I think that is so wrong.
• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Dec 09
Thanks for the BR friend. I hope people will really focus on the real significance of Christmas instead of the material things. If there will be gifts--then it's a bonus but not to the extent of expecting a bigger and expensive ones. It's not what christmas is all about.
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@yugasini (12821)
• Anantapur, India
3 Dec 09
hi vandana madam, thanks for the discussion,that you are doing some thing mylot,have a nice day
@vandana7 (66116)
• India
5 Dec 09
Thanks for coming over Yugasini. :) I know you are always trying to respond. :) Have a nice time mylotting. :)