Mommy Dearest,

My mother-in-law buys our children lots of gifts, but gives them all to them well before Christmas. So when the holiday finally arrives and we head to her house for dinner there's nothing to open under the tree. My daughters are always sad when they have to sit and watch their cousins open their presents. Their grandma also pre-gifts their birthday gifts, which drives me crazy. How can I get my husband's mother to change her ways without coming off as ungrateful?

— Wishing for Wrapped Presents

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Wishing for Wrapped Presents,

I suggest sitting down with your mother-in-law and letting her know how much you appreciate her generosity. Then, ask if she has a reason behind giving your kids their gifts prior to occasions. If so, you can take it from there. If not, say that you prefer that she keep her presents to be opened on Christmas or the children's actual birthdays.

— Mommy Dearest

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