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Reader Asks: Is This Normal? My Friends and I Don't Exchange Presents

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I'm just wondering if this is normal...my friends and I never give each other Christmas presents because we have this, "I won't give you anything, if you don't give me anything for Christmas." We do give each other presents on birthdays, but we just don't want to spend more money on yet another gift. Some people might think we're scrooges or totally ruining the Christmas spirit, but I think we're just being very practical moneywise. I must mention that we do call each other to wish Merry Christmas or meet up for a quick drink. One big bonus out of our "money pact" is that we have an even bigger budget for presents for family. I'm OK with having this type of arrangement with my friends, but I'm just wondering if this is normal!!

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I always did the same thing with my high school friends. We didn't exchange gifts among each other. Now that I have new friends from the workplace and all, I exchange gifts with some of them.
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
My friends and I don't exchange gifts because we have enough trouble affording gifts for family members.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 5 years
My friends and I never exchange gifts. We usually just hang out together and get something to eat. We are all college students and since it seems like all our bills come at the end of the year we try to save as much money as possible.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
We've been having dinner instead of exchanging presents for the past three years. You know, ever since their parents stopped giving them money. It's great. I've been trying to get them to do it for years.
elramos elramos 5 years
Me and my friends have never exchanged gifts. I only buy gifts for my family. We do the same, call each other and hang out.
medenginer medenginer 5 years
Yes it's normal and I do the same thing with my friends. After I buy the family presents and give to charity it does begin to get overwhelming. I don't think you need one particular day or gift to think about others on Christmas. It can be anytime during the year.
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