One year we didn't cook turkey, we were driving many miles because of family being in the hospital. So, we ate at a really nice restaurant. Typically, we'll cook every year..
A couple of years ago, we didn't want to "do Christmas". Meaning..why stress on the shopping, why have a messy pine tree in the living room, blah blah blah. So, we made an agreement that we'll just have fun and NOT WORRY about all that stuff. Including gifts.
Our friends were bothered by this decision.
SO BOTHERED that one of them went and bought a tree for us and brought it over the day before Xmas. :rolleyes We were really irritated about it, cause who is SHE to enforce it on us?? Especially when WE agreed that that's what we wanted to do! We weren't poor, sad and embarrassed..not at all, and we explained this. Nope. She wouldn't have anything to do with that, so UP goes the tree with all the decorations we didn't want to deal with. The topper... on Xmas day... guess who came over with armfuls of presents!? Yep, you guessed it. We didn't even have any to give in return, cause we didn't expect her to play Santa on us.
I know it was super nice of her to do all that, but really..it was also rude of her NOT to acknowledge our wishes.