My immediate family has quite literally not exchanged gifts in about four years. I have actually become accustomed to it and therefore no longer think about Christmas in a "what gifts shall I buy" manner. However, my Mother has come into a surplus of money this season (thru her furthering in employment) and has told my sister and I that we may receive gifts this year. As I do not get along with my Father and, subsequently, have not spoken with him in several months nor seen him more than twice in the last three years, I doubt very much I will receive anything from him. To add to all of this, I just spoke to my girlfriend (on a side note, we are not doing very well right now, which really is not good at all) and she wishes not to buy gifts this year because she has many things to pay for already, and therefore cannot really afford it, and does not want me to spend money on her and make her feel bad for not being able to spend the same or similar amount on me. I have tried to assure her that I could limit the amount I spend as to not make her feel uncomfortable but she insists on not trading gifts. All this being said, I am not exactly looking forward to this Christmas...call me unenthusiastic.