It's official! I've had "the talk" with my family and friends and we've all agreed not to exchange gifts this year. This is quite the bummer if you ask me because I've always indulged in the act of giving gifts. Okay, okay, so I'm an overgifter, and I really like it! But this year, well, times are tough. More than that, though, I just think it's gotten to a point where someone just has to put their foot down and say when. We have so much stuff already and there isn't a single thing we need. Sure, Ben wants a gigantic television, and my Etsy wishlist and list of books is growing by the day, but we don't need any of those things. So, I took the step, and while certain people looked at me like I shot their dog when I broke the news (DAVE!), everyone took it well. I feel somewhat guilty because I think this might take the magic out of our holiday this year, but then again, we have so much fun when we're all together and that's really what Christmas is supposed to be about, right? Maybe I'm just trying to convince myself. Hopefully I'll still want to put my tree up this year. Meh.