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2011-11-14 06:11:07 PM  
That article confirmed everything I viewed as stereotypes of vegans as being whiny biatches. Seriously...if being vegan is the biggest most important attribute you have...you fail at life.
 
2011-11-14 06:16:48 PM  

OgreMagi: My family insisted I pop down to L.A. for the holiday since I've skipped the last few years.

Several days of my family in close contact. Please, kill me now.


I'll need two suitcases, (one full of money), your dress-coat size, your car and immunity from prosecution.
 
2011-11-14 06:18:54 PM  

dartben: My brother and his wife had to suggest, however jokingly, a destination turkey day. Lo and behold, my mom thinks that sounds like a great idea and really pushes for it. Never mind that plane tickets around turkey day run $400/round trip minimum, and that it will split my wife and I up over Thanksgiving (she's just started a new job, and has no vacation time earned yet). So I get to go be a 7th wheel among my parents, bother and his wife, and one of my uncles and his wife (9th wheel if you count my neice and nephew).

Oh yeah. My other uncle decided he didn't want to go and took the easy way out. Massive brain hemmorhage yesterday afternoon, died overnight.

Fark it all, sometimes.


You don't have to go. The wife-splitting thing is the perfect out.
 
2011-11-14 06:33:21 PM  

ciberido: If she's coming to visit you, can't you just have a "no alcohol" policy?


ROTFL. Yeah, that always works. LOL!!!!

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2011-11-14 06:41:32 PM  

santadog: Your Husband's in-laws...
wouldn't that be YOUR folks?


Correct! :)

Actually my dad's alright but a... little vague. My mother though. Jumped straight off the Boomer Express, I'm afraid. Which is horrible, because she was farking awesome when she was younger.
 
2011-11-14 06:58:05 PM  
After 10 years of my living in the same home, they have found my published phone number.

So much for hiding in plain sight.
 
2011-11-14 07:05:52 PM  
Nothing. I decided long ago that it's not worth associating with people who make otherwise good days miserable. So, I don't and won't. Good meal, good company, hell even the clean up is fun, chat for a while, then kick them out gently. Although last year my wife's hot friend stayed for a spell after everyone else left and it almost seemed like things were going to get pretty awesome. Still kicking myself for not nudging that into the right direction.
 
2011-11-14 07:15:51 PM  

what_now: My sister in law got angry last week when my 70 year old father's emergency trip to the hospital interrupted a play group she had planned to attend with her son.

Yes, really.


What a tw*t.
Reminds me of my girlfriend's sister. The sister and her husband have been paid over a $1000 a month for the past 5 years to let the mom live with them. The mom is now 93 and certainly doesn't require $1000 in expenses every month.

Sooooooo the mom has decided to live with another sibling in another state and the sister was told four months ago the money spigot was being turned off.

She had a farking fit. Turns out she's been spending the extra dough on a $500 a month car lease and buying her self and her kids really expensive stuff.
 
2011-11-14 07:23:06 PM  

oldfarthenry: Meh. Thanksgiving is sooo one month ago for us Canuckian.
Enjoy your domestic disputes & deep-fried turkey assplosions, 'merikuh!


Easy to be smug when your country takes every 'murkin holiday, move the date back in time, and act superior. Do you actually have your own holidays? Ones we dont have an equivalent for? Ones we didn't come up with first?
 
2011-11-14 07:29:50 PM  
Run, everyone
 
2011-11-14 07:33:44 PM  
I have already started drinking, Warsteiner in the fridge, Goose in the freezer and a handle of Makers in the pantry. Not counting stashed minis and half pints and a bottle of vicoden. Bring it!
 
2011-11-14 07:41:12 PM  
The most difficult thing about planning this TG was picking the restaurant. My parents and my aunt and uncle chatting the night away is the fun part. Sorry, I forgot to bring the drama.
 
2011-11-14 07:41:36 PM  
This is my first holiday season without my inlaws and I won't miss the stress but I will miss them.

We were half Aggie half Longhorn and it was FUN.

That said, my mother is finally listening to advice on cooking and it has improved the experience. I'm seeing friends and my sisters' offspring.

Should be quite bearable :)
 
2011-11-14 07:44:22 PM  

Beanlet:

You don't happen to have her cornbread stuffing recipe, do you? Just the words sound heavenly.


No, I don't. I'd give it to you if I had it.

My stuffing recipe is a bag of country style cubed Pepperridge Farm stuffing with a lot of added dried fruits, celery, onion, garlic and a smattering of herbs. (Sometimes I even add bacon or sausage.)
 
2011-11-14 07:54:01 PM  

Tergiversada: So for the worst Thanksgiving EVER, I nominate Danger Mouse, with his d*ck that looks like a cluster of diamonds, cheating wife, job loss, and Dad with cancer. That's horrible.


No shiat. I'm sitting in a bar, feeling sorry for myself and now I feel like a crybaby!
 
2011-11-14 07:59:57 PM  

rickythepenguin: my wife's family is one of those families where everyone is a medical professional of some sort. a quick run through the family tree shows, M.D., M.D., M.D., LPN, LPN, phsyical therapist. anasethiesiologist, perhaps another couple of RNs.LPNs....

so every family gathering devolves, inside about 10 minutes, into various "my arm hurts when I do this" ad hoc medical examinations, and then hours of fascinating talk about what medications Unca Joe is taking, and blah blah blah blah blah....

and they love to gossip. i hate it. i despise it. they're all the time planting knives into each other's backs. "cousin ___ went to Turks and Caicos, but he's only making $9 an hour, so you know his girlfriend (the fat one, but don't say anything, he's really sensitive about her wieght) paid for everything! DON'T SAY ANYTHING TO HIM THOUGH! HE'S REALLY MAD ABOUT IT!"

god i hate family gatherings with them. but yup. that's next thursday for me. i can only imagine what they say about me when i'm not there.


they probably say you spend waaay too much time on your computer and your wife deserves someone better than a loser such as you. :)
 
2011-11-14 08:01:53 PM  
Well my Mom is having a bipolar episode. A really bad one. She left her husband and moved in with my grandmother. In 8 weeks she has had 3 different jobs. My Aunt talked to my Grandmother about comming up with her boyfriend,my cousin,his wife,and their daughter. My Grandmother has one spare room my Mom is in it. SOoooo my Grandmother asks my Mom to at least be there on the day they visit. My Mom freaks out--loads up her car and says she has roommates in some apartment. I don't believe her. I think she is living in her car. This all happened last week. All because my Grandmother asked her to be there while they visit. Still no answers on where they are all staying.. I guess a hotel. Or maybe now my Grandmothers. All I know is Thanksgiving has now been moved to Saturday the 19th because all of this. And I am suppose to bring something. But seriously I am not in the mood.
 
2011-11-14 08:09:38 PM  

minordisaster: APE992: My birthday is Black Friday. You do the math.

Ouch. Now there's a day where I steadfastly refuse to leave the house.


The only reason I'll be leaving the house on Black Friday this year is to go to the Dickens Fair. (new window)
 
2011-11-14 08:16:40 PM  

Podmore: Beanlet: GroverCleveland: let me guess .. he never had a single problem with his family until he married you

I guess you would have to ask him that. I am sure his ultra-controlling sister would agree with you, though. I got along famously with the rest of his family, his mom and I were best friends and we took care of her until the morning she died (alzhiemer's). His parents were more "mom and dad" to me than my own. And I adore his brother, but he likely has plans of his own for the holiday, he usually does and just stops in if he has the time.

As the husband in question, let me point out that doing our own little TG was my idea. My first problem with my sister was that she was horrible to my wife, so I suppose the problems did start after we got together, but not my wife's fault. And Beanlet's family is pretty tough to deal with too (the nieces and nephews are good). Doing just us and our kids sounds really good.


Good on you guys, hope you have fun. Mine will be a crapshoot. Will it end in tears or triumph as the dominant females maneuver it out? Will so and so go another year without speaking to such and such? I can hardly wait to see.
 
2011-11-14 08:26:03 PM  

anfrind: minordisaster: APE992: My birthday is Black Friday. You do the math.

Ouch. Now there's a day where I steadfastly refuse to leave the house.

The only reason I'll be leaving the house on Black Friday this year is to go to the Dickens Fair. (new window)


That actually looks worth going out to see on such a godforsaken day. It isn't near any malls, I hope.
 
2011-11-14 08:32:01 PM  
I'm donating a turkey and all the trimmings to a local food shelf.
I"m helping them cook, and as a retire chef, I'm willing to just chop onions
or whatever.
I'll end up washing pots and pans as usual.
People who couldn't will get fed.
Fark the family.
They're millionaires so they can figure out where to get take out from.
 
2011-11-14 08:37:22 PM  
Going to my sister's and her family.

BIL is pretty cool except for the time they stayed at my house, he used my computer and erased all my tastefully photographed erotica, apparently because he thought it was going to stop me from getting into Heaven.

I'll say this, though: even though my sibs and I don't always get along - and there's enough blame to go around in that area - I read these stories and am reminded YET AGAIN how much I lucked out in the family department.

And for the 'totes-cray-cray' thing?
First saw it this week.
Please stop.
 
2011-11-14 08:48:19 PM  
I usually spend Thanksgiving with the immediate family (mom, dad and brother). My sister lives in New York (we're from Ohio), so she might come down this holiday season if she can get time off from work. Nothing really crazy about it. We just drink and eat some good food.

Christmas is when we meet up with the extended family. Nothing crazy there either unfortunately. Just a lot of drinking and laughing about random BS. The only gripe I have is the god awful food that is usually served. Christmas of 2009, my aunt chose to have dinner catered. It was some horrible pulled pork BBQ bullshiat. It was so dry, it literally hurt to eat it. My tongue and jaws never felt so sore. Except for that one time in Tijuana but that's a different story. Needless to say we don't have dinner catered anymore. Now it's usually cold cuts. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a meat platter. Getting drunk with the aunts and uncles usually outweighs all that though.

Well thanks for reading my completely pointless post. I would have spared you the experience but I'm drunk and have nothing better to do right now.
 
2011-11-14 08:59:24 PM  
I told Mom I would bring, rolls, stuffing, banana cream pie and mashed taters....She said "can you make regular mash taters" I made garlic mash one time 2 years ago for a dinner and have since made them at least 6 more times...every single stinkin time I tell her Im bringin mash she asks me to bring regular mash...I finally told her " I get it you dont like garlic mash, I will never bring it again" now shes pissed at me and says I was rude.....arrrggg!
 
2011-11-14 09:03:20 PM  
meh, the wife is going out of state to see her relatives (I can't get off work the entire week), and my son and I are going out for dinner.

Sometime during the time she's gone, I'll be getting out the recipe for fudge that my grandmother made every year when I was a kid. She's long gone, but the tradition lives.....and the fudge is delicious.
 
2011-11-14 09:21:24 PM  

vudukungfu: I'm donating a turkey and all the trimmings to a local food shelf.
I"m helping them cook, and as a retire chef, I'm willing to just chop onions
or whatever.
I'll end up washing pots and pans as usual.
People who couldn't will get fed.
Fark the family.
They're millionaires so they can figure out where to get take out from.


As a guy who has found himself living in horrible conditions lately, thanks for doing stuff like that. The other people you help might be too far gone emotionally, mentally or morally to remember to thank you.
 
2011-11-14 09:23:46 PM  

Shostie: They keep greenlighting TFD threads.


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Targeting the unwashed masses -- BEER FUND'S GETTIN A BIT LOW THIS MONTH!
 
2011-11-14 09:37:22 PM  
My in-laws are getting divorced this year. We are going to have lunch with one side of the family, dinner with the other. Pray for us.
 
2011-11-14 10:17:50 PM  

kudayta: thank you.


it's cool, bro.
I was homeless once.
Decided to pay it forward.
Got a great job, and now I can afford to be the black sheep of the family.
 
2011-11-14 10:27:26 PM  
I just wanted to say how inspiring it is to read about all of you who have talked about donating their time or food to help those less fortunate. I know it probably doesn't mean anything to hear some random idiot like myself say thank you, but.. Thank you :)

//I'm adopting zoo animals as presents for the people in my family for Xmas, and now after reading all the posts like Vudukingfu's.. I'm going to try to help my fellow man for turkey day.
 
2011-11-14 10:33:29 PM  
This year will be different - the wife and I are flying back to where I used to live in Southern California, to have Thanksgiving dinner with my Japanese friends that I used to work with. One of the couples has to move back to Japan in a few months, so it won't be the happiest Thanksgiving we've ever had; however, they do not do anything half-assed, including cooking. My friend's wife makes the best lasagne I've ever had, probably because she got a gift of a pasta-making machine. Lasagne with freshly-made pasta, and tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes and basil picked that morning, takes it to another level. Still, I wonder if there is such a thing as sake'd sushi stuffing....? Next year will be back at the cousins-in-law, who are actually pretty good cooks and highly entertaining even before they've gotten into the wine.
 
2011-11-14 10:37:55 PM  

minordisaster: anfrind: minordisaster: APE992: My birthday is Black Friday. You do the math.

Ouch. Now there's a day where I steadfastly refuse to leave the house.

The only reason I'll be leaving the house on Black Friday this year is to go to the Dickens Fair. (new window)

That actually looks worth going out to see on such a godforsaken day. It isn't near any malls, I hope.


It's at the San Francisco Cow Palace, which is at the relatively low-density southeastern end of the city. Unfortunately, I'll most likely be coming from the northwest (entering the city via the Golden Gate Bridge).
 
2011-11-14 11:31:29 PM  

ubersexy: ciberido: If she's coming to visit you, can't you just have a "no alcohol" policy?

ROTFL. Yeah, that always works. LOL!!!!

[images.cheezburger.com image 422x320]


I wish that worked. Drinkers gonna drink. Thanks for input though, even though this is fark.
 
2011-11-14 11:54:47 PM  
My FatherthePrick called & said something about coming up & I put the kibosh on that right away by reminding him that my mother would be here.

So just the wife,me,one brother & Mom.Good thing the in-laws don't do T'giving with the family anymore,2 dinners with their boring,non-drinking asses in a month made me want to have some sort of horrible accident involving cheap whiskey & my band's PA system.
 
2011-11-15 12:42:44 AM  

anfrind: minordisaster: APE992: My birthday is Black Friday. You do the math.

Ouch. Now there's a day where I steadfastly refuse to leave the house.

The only reason I'll be leaving the house on Black Friday this year is to go to the Dickens Fair. (new window)


Ha! I wonder if I know you. I'm in La Legion Fantastique at Fair.

For my part, I will be spending Thanksgiving with my boyfriend's family and avoiding my blood relatives, who are all useless. (Except for my dad, who is awesome but has pretty much given up holidays.) (Though I insist that he at least let me cook him breakfast and take him to a movie on Christmas. We just don't do anything Christmas-y.)
 
2011-11-15 01:31:38 AM  
Nothing at all. We're having Thankgiving dinner at a close friend's home. There will be at least 13 of us (maybe more). We all get along great, with no friction whatsoever.

To make it easier on our hostess, we're each designated to bring something to contribute to the dinner.
 
2011-11-15 01:42:48 AM  

Charlie Freak: Secret Santa. Yeah, I know it's Thanksgiving, but the Secret Santa program is in full effect already.

Secret Santa is a way for the wimmenfolk to get out of having to shop for everybody in the family. In doing so, we instead are left with the awkwardness of seeing someone open your secret santa gift and you don't even know what it is.

"Oh, I'm glad you like that... picture of our family."

I hate Secret Santa.


You should do it the way we do with our friends and family. We have one person to whom we email a list of several items that we'd like to receive as Christmas gifts, with a price limit of $30. Then at Thanksgiving dinner all those participating in Secret Santa draw a name and that's their Secret Santa recipient. You choose one or more gifts from that person's wish list, keeping within the $30 limit, naturally. Everyone gets something they really want, and no one gets an unwelcome gift.
 
2011-11-15 02:20:44 AM  
My mother has announced that not only does she hate my mother-in-law, but she also despises my brother's mother-in-law, effectively canceling out any possibility of a single group dinner. This apparently also applies to Christmas and birthdays. She apparently can't STFU and be nice for a few hours once or twice a year. Now, instead of just one meal, we may end up stopping by three.

I stopped speaking to my dad right before Thanksgiving 12 years ago. [insert obligatory background of child abuse allegations and butthurtedness] He managed to talk a journalist into writing a 3/4 page article on him in the city paper's Living section about him in an attempt to get me call him. He's apparently a member of several "dinner clubs" where people host dinner parties for one another, and I guess the journalist is a member of one of his clubs. In the article, he shares a completely manufactured story about me gifting him his favorite cookware. He then had my brother email the article to me and follow up to make sure I got the print version, because "it was better." On the one hand, that's pretty impressive. On the other hand, it's creepy as fark.
 
2011-11-15 02:29:34 AM  

eliz1bef: I stopped speaking to my dad right before Thanksgiving 12 years ago. [insert obligatory background of child abuse allegations and butthurtedness] He managed to talk a journalist into writing a 3/4 page article on him in the city paper's Living section about him in an attempt to get me call him. He's apparently a member of several "dinner clubs" where people host dinner parties for one another, and I guess the journalist is a member of one of his clubs. In the article, he shares a completely manufactured story about me gifting him his favorite cookware. He then had my brother email the article to me and follow up to make sure I got the print version, because "it was better." On the one hand, that's pretty impressive. On the other hand, it's creepy as fark.



You should email or write the journalist and tell him just enough of the truth to blow your dad out of the water.
 
2011-11-15 02:52:23 AM  
Reading your stories makes me feel really thankful that my family is so normal. We have our holidays with my mom's family since my dad's family lives 2000 miles away and they're just not a very close-knit family (although we do all get together in the summer and have a blast together). And between my father-in-law's hatred of holidays and my mother-in-law and all the other in-laws living at least a thousand miles away, there's no expectation or pressure to do holidays with them. The only holiday crazy that we have is the butthurt that my aunt goes through because her brother, my uncle, spends most of his holidays with his wife and in-laws instead of with her and our side of the family. This year they're coming to visit a few days before Christmas before they go to spend Christmas Eve with other family, but that's apparently insulting to my aunt. Oh, so much whining and butthurt. Good thing she's a great cook.
 
2011-11-15 02:58:00 AM  
My sister is a narcissist who, for some reason and completely out of the blue (trust me, I asked her what I had done to deserve it?) decided last summer that she didn't like me and has made every family gathering awkward and uncomfortable since. Oh and my parents are in denail that she is in serious need of help. Is it normal for a 20 year old woman to lack interest in anyone else unless it serves her in some way, or to show inappropriate anger when people fail to worship the ground she walks on? She has a special nastyness for me, but she basically has the social skills of a biatchy 13 year old towards anyone else. Anyone else dealing with a narcissist?
 
2011-11-15 03:14:30 AM  

Fiberglassgem: My sister is a narcissist who, for some reason and completely out of the blue (trust me, I asked her what I had done to deserve it?) decided last summer that she didn't like me and has made every family gathering awkward and uncomfortable since. Oh and my parents are in denail that she is in serious need of help. Is it normal for a 20 year old woman to lack interest in anyone else unless it serves her in some way, or to show inappropriate anger when people fail to worship the ground she walks on? She has a special nastyness for me, but she basically has the social skills of a biatchy 13 year old towards anyone else. Anyone else dealing with a narcissist?


Unfortunately, there are no meds for a personality disorder. None for parental denial, either; especially if the sister in question is the Queen Bee of the family. Ugh. I feel for you.
 
2011-11-15 06:55:43 AM  
Fark the family. Since my Mom and Dad are gone, there is no reason to spend time with the bastards - except for a select few. To bad the good ones are too far away to do anything with.

I'm going to be delivering meals to the needy, then pig out/party with the other volunteers.
 
2011-11-15 09:39:04 AM  
Nobody will be driving me crazy this year.
I'm flying my daughter in and we're having a turducken and major booze-fest. Should be fun.

Can't wait until Christmas, though. I'll be flying to Idaho with my GF and my other daughter so I can be with my extended family. Going to be a MEGA-MAJOR boozefest with my brother and one of my sisters.
 
2011-11-15 11:06:46 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Charlie Freak: Secret Santa. Yeah, I know it's Thanksgiving, but the Secret Santa program is in full effect already.

Secret Santa is a way for the wimmenfolk to get out of having to shop for everybody in the family. In doing so, we instead are left with the awkwardness of seeing someone open your secret santa gift and you don't even know what it is.

"Oh, I'm glad you like that... picture of our family."

I hate Secret Santa.

You should do it the way we do with our friends and family. We have one person to whom we email a list of several items that we'd like to receive as Christmas gifts, with a price limit of $30. Then at Thanksgiving dinner all those participating in Secret Santa draw a name and that's their Secret Santa recipient. You choose one or more gifts from that person's wish list, keeping within the $30 limit, naturally. Everyone gets something they really want, and no one gets an unwelcome gift.


I am going to steal that idea. My side of the family gave up on gifts (except kids) completely. The husbands side still do gifts but draw names. I like the idea of having them write down what they might like.

I'm easy. I love getting Christmas tree ornaments. I have fond memories of just about every person that I love on the tree.
 
2011-11-15 11:22:54 AM  

Fiberglassgem: My sister is a narcissist who, for some reason and completely out of the blue (trust me, I asked her what I had done to deserve it?) decided last summer that she didn't like me and has made every family gathering awkward and uncomfortable since. Oh and my parents are in denail that she is in serious need of help. Is it normal for a 20 year old woman to lack interest in anyone else unless it serves her in some way, or to show inappropriate anger when people fail to worship the ground she walks on? She has a special nastyness for me, but she basically has the social skills of a biatchy 13 year old towards anyone else. Anyone else dealing with a narcissist?


sounds similar to my GF's sister.... My guess would be something happened to her several years ago and the parents didn't do anything to fix it.
 
2011-11-15 12:19:12 PM  
It should be noted that not one of you said "And I start the annual fight each year at the table" or "I make up crap about my in-laws all the time"..

always someone else's fault..

/my inlaws are cool. we eat there early, with mad cool appetizers every year.. while watching the detroit game.. then on to my family (15 minutes from there) for the dallas game and a later dinner. never any drama unless one of the kids acts up.
 
2011-11-15 12:35:42 PM  
Traditionally at my House, someone usually throws a "Fark You" across the dinner table approx. 10-15 minutes into the meal.

//// That Someone usually was me.
 
2011-11-15 02:10:45 PM  
We're in Germany so no relatives this time, but we're flying to London to have Christmas with my MIL, her husband and my SIL. My daughter is going to get spoiled rotten. :)

My husband's team leader invited us to Thanksgiving, along with a bunch of other people- last I heard the count was about 20 but we don't know for sure. Hubby volunteered me for a couple of cakes to bring, which is fine because I've discovered recently how much I like baking, it's fun as hell. Gonna make an angel food cake with strawberries romanoff, and a red velvet cake. His TL is a nice guy and has a couple of little girls of his own, so it'll most likely be lots of fun.

As for my own family. . . eh. Mom drives me a bit crazy, nothing serious but we're both codependent as hell and it was best for me to not talk to her for a while. Dad is an asshole so no loss there, and I don't really talk to my sister since she's a biatch and treats her 6 year old son like shiat while spoiling her 1 year old daughter and I hate to watch that. For now it's nice to have the excuse of being overseas (a ticket during off-season is almost $1k, I hate to think of three, plus a 9 hour flight with an infant. . . ugh), dunno what we'll do when we PCS back to the states.

To the rest of you, have a good holiday, however you're celebrating (or not), and to those with crappy family, I wish you the best.
 
2011-11-15 02:18:30 PM  

Salem Witch: Bathia_Mapes: Charlie Freak: Secret Santa. Yeah, I know it's Thanksgiving, but the Secret Santa program is in full effect already.

Secret Santa is a way for the wimmenfolk to get out of having to shop for everybody in the family. In doing so, we instead are left with the awkwardness of seeing someone open your secret santa gift and you don't even know what it is.

"Oh, I'm glad you like that... picture of our family."

I hate Secret Santa.

You should do it the way we do with our friends and family. We have one person to whom we email a list of several items that we'd like to receive as Christmas gifts, with a price limit of $30. Then at Thanksgiving dinner all those participating in Secret Santa draw a name and that's their Secret Santa recipient. You choose one or more gifts from that person's wish list, keeping within the $30 limit, naturally. Everyone gets something they really want, and no one gets an unwelcome gift.

I am going to steal that idea. My side of the family gave up on gifts (except kids) completely. The husbands side still do gifts but draw names. I like the idea of having them write down what they might like.

I'm easy. I love getting Christmas tree ornaments. I have fond memories of just about every person that I love on the tree.


IMHO, I think it's a great system. I've yet to get something I didn't like, nor have any of the other participants. It's nice to get a gift you really want and not have to worry about standing in a store's return line afterwards.
 
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