I love these two weeks before Christmas -- all the shopping, all the planning, the rushing about, the cooking, and especially the wrapping. I really enjoy that. Some years ago I was present when my mother-in-law was doing her Christmas wrapping, and I noticed a price tag on the gift she was wrapping. When I told her it was still attached, she said -- with a perfectly straight face -- "Oh, I always leave those on. I want people to know what I paid for their gift." Oh puhleeeze! I nearly died, and when I protested, she got quite huffy. True spirit of Christmas, huh?
And in a similar vein -- A few years ago my sister-in-law wrote to advise us that she and my brother were henceforth going to celebrate Christmas the proper way (Translation: her way). Since it is Christ's birthday and not their birthday, would we please send no more Christmas gifts. We have studiously ignored her orders, and I wrote back to say that they can celebrate Christmas any way they like, and we will do likewise -- and our way entails giving gifts. Sorry about that, sis.
As you can see I have a weird family. But don't we all?