I'm so proud of my kids and want to take a minute to brag. I've always taught them that Christmas is not about gifts and the gimme part of the holiday. My BIL has just had cancer surgery and he was released on the 24th and he's a consultant so money is a bit tight at the moment. They chose to have the usual family dinner but asked that we might bring something for the meal and my kids certainly met their obligations but a couple weeks ago, they called and told me that they were broke and didn't want to exchange any gifts at all. The same people that drive me crazy on occasion had taken the money they usually use for me and their grandparents, as well as a portion of their Christmas bonus to beef up my two preteen neices gift piles. They felt that it was incredibly important to make very sure that the girls lives remain as normal as possible and that their holiday was as terrific as usual. I couldn't be more proud of them and feel that they gave me the greatest gift ever, the knowledge that they are selfless, kind and perceptive to the needs of others. The two girls went from thinking that it was the worst Christmas ever to having a great one, dad was home from the hospital and three cousins made sure that they had a great day, skating, playing outside, decorating a tree in the yard and a whole bunch of special gifts. The whole thing was touching enough that their grandfather, a tough old cowboy, shed a few tears.