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