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Striking gift-giving balance

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By Sherri Richards

Forum News Service

Differing family dynamics can make things lopsided under the Christmas tree.

Take the childless aunt who buys gifts for her brother, sister-in-law and their three kids, and receives one from the family in return. Or the couple who gives one joint gift to a friend, and gets two.

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Uneven gift giving also can result from disparate incomes, says Morgan Almer, financial counselor with the Village Family Service Center in Fargo.

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