Perhaps, I am over the material possessions part. Since my wife's parents and my parents are divorced, we try to see everyone on either Christmas Eve or Christmas day. This part doesn't stress me. The part that does? Getting gifts for everyone. We will easily spend $500-$600 on family members because they want to do gift exchanges, we all get stressed out because we never know what people want then we have the hassle of wrapping. Just to receive gifts we will never use. Then we turn around and fake what we receive, as if we actually "like" the gift. Sigh. Gee, thanks for this plaid shirt. It seems un-grateful, I know I do. We all get stressed out for what? Mainly my wife's family is super big into gifts. Guess I am getting old. Christmas just seems to stressful anymore. I'd rather just spend time with my family, play games, watch movies and have a good meal together. Times the most important gift anyone could ever give. I'd rather donate money to a family in need to give the kids a better Christmas. We seem to buy anything we need or want for ourselves anyway. Two of the best Christmas' I ever had. One, a bunch of family members rented a huge house in Tennessee for Christmas, about 25 of us. The only rule, gifts for the kids only. Probably the best Christmas I ever had and none of the adults received presents, we still talk about this Christmas every year. We all had such a great time. Second time, a cousin of mine donated money to a program that bought ducks for families in need in a third world county. She gave us a letter and little rubber duck for a gift instead, that was probably 12 years ago and I still remember it. Anyone else feel this way? I won't care about what you bought me on my death bed.