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No gift-giving becomes tradition for some

By Richard Yeakley
Nov. 29, 2013 at 11 p.m.

A growing number of people are ditching the idea of buying each other presents for Christmas and instead agreeing not to exchange.

According to a Rasmussen survey released late this past week, 45 percent of adults across America had made arrangements with friends or family not to exchange gifts this year.

Among them is Mary Coulter of Gilmer who, for five years, has done a Chinese gift exchange with her growing family of about three dozen.

"We just decided to because there are so many of us," said Coulter, adding that not having the stress of buying a gift for each member of the family is "much easier."

Coulter said the cost of buying presents was one of the primary reasons they changed, now bringing and leaving with just one present a piece.

The gift alternative is not for everybody, she said.

"Everybody has their own traditions," Coulter said.

According to the telephone survey, another 46 percent of adults have not made any arrangements to forego the giving of gifts, and about 9 percent were not sure.

The surveys were completed between Nov. 19 and 20.

While some people move away from gift giving for personal reasons, others do it out of financial concerns.

Some studies have found that the average cost of celebrating the holiday and purchasing gifts can reach as high as $800.

"The adults in my family don't usually exchange gifts," Susan Bell of Kilgore wrote in response to a Facebook request.

"Many of us are struggling just to get our kids something, so gift exchanging for the adults is not expected."



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