Does anyone's parents give their kids something for EVERY holiday? My MIL (and mom) have "a little something" for almost every national holiday: Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. Obviously they get stuff for xmas and their birthdays...I think it's a bit much. It's not like it's a lot but I don't like that they are going to come to expect to get a gift, you know? And when I have tried to mention this to them I get told I am mean or that they are grandmothers and that is what they do... Or that it's "just a little something".
I get it - I am sure I will be tempted to do the same when I am a grandmother but I just don't want my kids to expect something all.the.time. I am especially feeling this way about Thanksgiving and Halloween - I see NO reason for gifts on these days. I am trying to teach my kids about Thanksgiving and being thankful for what we have especially this year where so many people around us lost so much from Hurricane Sandy.
Anyone else dealing with this? How do you handle it?