Question: How have you dealt with extended family giving gifts to your children. A good friend of mine has a struggle with her mother-in-law giving expensive presents to her son. My friend and her husband are on a budget and they want to teach their son that Christmas isn't about presents but about traditions, family, and charity. But this is difficult with a grandmother who wants to indulge their son.
Question: I really enjoy reading about how your family enjoys holidays like Christmas without spending a lot of money (we all know what the reason is for the season, right?), but unfortunately my mother in law spends too much and expects others to do the same. My husband comes from a big family, so it can get expensive. I suggested doing a Secret Santa gift exchange to my mother in law, but she did not seem very enthusiastic. I would love to give homemade presents (cookies, bread, crafts, etc.) but worry that they will not be enjoyed. How would you “do” the holidays?