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Too Much Giving?
Published on December 2, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I discuss whether it's possible to give too much, as well as my hatred of the book "The Giving Tree."

Here's an excerpt:

"It takes my family almost the entire day to unwrap Christmas presents.

We do stockings before breakfast and tackle the gifts under the tree after we eat. And in recent years, the number of presents has grown. There are gifts under the tree for my brother-in-law, and my sisters and I give more than we used to, having become grown-ups with jobs.

But neither the existence of my brother-in-law nor adulthood can fully explain the surge in presents. Much of the blame lies with my parents, specifically my mother. Whereas most parents begin cutting back on gifts for their adult children at some point, my parents have taken the opposite tack.

My father has recently shown some signs of wanting to restore some sanity to Christmas morning, and last year, as our gift-giving stretched into the afternoon, he turned to my mother and said, 'You got too much stuff.'

At Thanksgiving, my father made an announcement.
'Christmas is going to go much faster this year,' he said. 'Your mother and I are only giving each other one present.'

The new rule apparently has an exception: stocking presents. That makes me wonder how many gifts my mother will attempt to cram into my father’s stocking.

I don’t like buying gifts, and giving them makes me anxious, but I do enjoy getting them.

However, I can acknowledge that perhaps there is such a thing as 'too much.'

Click here to read the whole thing.

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