There are millions of Christmas presents under the tree - but not one for myself.
Answered 9 months ago
I've cooked, I've cleaned, I've saved and bought Christmas presents for my partner and four kids - three of which are grown up - and not one has put a gift under the tree for me. This will be the third year with zero Christmas presents. I hate doing the big present opening and everyone having a go - but not me.
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Next year, tell them you expect them to reciprocate or agree not to exchange as you feel hurt not receiving after giving so much. If they say yes, then don't gift you, don't buy the following year for anyone. If you don't pull them up on it what reason have they got to bother? It's so easy to let ourselves in get in that selfless role. My DM had a mega tantrum one year when we were kids. DF now buys her random stuff she'll never use, but he tries.
Assert yourself or they'll never have a reason to change!