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Nice post. For me getting or giving presents has never been part of Christmas. I didn't grow up with that, and I still don't do it. And it is not hard at all, it's just a matter of what you are used to. Food and family are more important, but in a way that food should be about sharing and about showing an effort to your guests to offer them something special. And family should be the family you want to be part of, the community that you create around Christmas, not necessarily the family you belong to or come from.

I would say, don't swap buying gifts for your kids to buying stuff for others. You are still buying. Why? There are plenty of things to share when money is not involved, or at least not the main thing.