We get stuff from my parents, although this year I asked them to send Wolferman’s muffins, because we don’t have room for more Stuff.
Since we don’t have broadcast TV, the children aren’t really effected by advertising. They want things because they want them - cars :-), drums, snakes, books, and lots and lots of paper “so we can draw a whole zoo.” I think I’ll wrap a ream of printer paper for James (4) for Christmas. He’ll be thrilled!
I know what you mean about no room for more Stuff. I may have more land than she does, but Mame doesn’t seem to comprehend that my whole house could fit in her living room and she just keeps sending me STUFF. The major problem for me with the things she sends is that it is primarily things of my grandparents or hers that I remember from my childhood and I am loathe to part with it.
I mean really, there are only so many South American alpaca hand embroidered throw pillow covers a person can use, and considering my sofa is a futon and I have no other “upholstered” seating, I really have little use for 10 of them.
OTOH, the Bolivian and Peruvian blankets are a blessing -— and she sure as heck doesn’t need them in south Florida.