Oh boy...We opened Christmas cards from my MIL last night. She was very generous in that she sent 3 $100 checks - one for each my DH, DS and me. Unfortunately, she also included a note in DH's card to please not cash the checks until February. Ouch.
My poor DH!! He grew up with his single mom. She always went way overboard at Christmas with gifts - leaving them with literally no money for food, utilities or anything else in the months of January, February and March (very cold in Wisconsin that time of year).
This year, much to my dismay, DH told me that the demons of Christmases past were bothering him, that there really is nothing he wants and he'd rather not exchange gifts...I feel deflated because I've always had storybook Christmases and I realize it's not about the gifts, but I feel like something key is missing. I want to turn his experiences into happy ones, yet I understand why it is difficult for him.
So sad...(btw - we will not be cashing the checks now OR in February...)