we've been blessed with a check for a couple thousand $$$ from my inlaws as a Christmas gift. There is no way that our family can spend that much for the holidays. Is it tacky to spend a couple of hundred $$$ on the children and then put the rest towards debt? That is really what seems to be the best for us at this point. Thanks for your opinions... nothing was said about how they wanted us to spend it but I know they do want wrapped gifts for the children from them on Christmas. They generally send $300. We in the past we spent $200 on the children and then $100 on a family item.