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For myself, there‚Äôs nothing I desire.  But I did get my wife a copy of the new book on Edward Gorey, Born to be Posthumous:

https://www.amazon.com/Born-Be-Posthumous-Eccentric-Mysterious/dp/0316188549/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543979966&sr=8-4&keywords=edward+gorey+book

 

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Steven Pinker's recent book "Enlightenment Now" is top of my list.
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I have more than I deserve and need nothing. For the past couple of years my wife and I have been "adopting" local children whose families are unable to afford gifts. We get their wish lists through a local charity and try to make positive differences in their lives. It's humbling to see some of these kids listing underwear and socks on the wish lists. Naturally we see that they get fun, age-appropriate gifts as well. Our donations are made anonymously, and we know nothing more about the kids than their first names, ages, and in some cases clothing sizes. If there are organizations in your area that perform similar services, and if your are both able and willing to help, I encourage you to do so.

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Very nice Anthony, that's a great idea.
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When all my nephews and nieces had reached the age when they were starting families of their own, our family agreed to stop exchanging gifts (except for gifts between spouses, and gifts to the new batch of children).  Instead, we choose a charity - usually one that is focussed on health and/or education - and we all contribute to a family donation.  By pooling our donations we are able to reach the threshold where matching donations are made by institutions.

I don't know about the US but in Canada the Salvation Army organizes "Christmas Hamper" donation drives that are similar to the program AV describes.  I second his recommendation.  For the price of a couple of magic books or fancy decks of cards, you can do something special for kids living in poverty. 
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Some great ideas! Like Robin, Maria and I stopped buying gifts for everyone except the two grandchildren. We adopted a child via "Save the Children" and print photos of the child's progress that we pass out when the family gets together. Everyone understands that this is their gift too. We just took the money we used to spend on gifts and used it for our subscription to STC.  My son's mother started this idea by giving everyone a small ceramic chicken which was symbolic of her new version of gift giving. She put her gift giving money into a program which actually buys chickens for people in a poor village in Africa. 

None of the people who no longer receive gifts from us need anything. We don't need anything either. Crazy novelty gifts are fun to give, though. 

Hope we don't cause a recession!

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Hope the talk of alternate ways to celebrate the Christmas season hasn't derailed this thread. 

So back on track - Our Christmas present to ourselves may be registrations to the upcoming FISM in Quebec City. We've never been to FISM. Maybe someone can tell us a little about the experience. It look really cool.

I also am treating myself to a Cerberus gaff from Todd Lassen. Very cool coin!

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I received a most awesome gift of Simon Aronson's Side Swiped. Went thru it today. Very cool
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I've asked Santa for Eugene Burger's final book "Teaching Magic." I was fortunate to spend quite a bit of time with Eugene at the early Mystery Schools and at the Gathering of the Magi, when he attended. There was a lot to learn from that man by listening to his words and also in watching him perform. And there was knowledge to be gained in the spaces in between.
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@EVILDAN: If Santa does pay you a visit, I assure you you'll be happy. Eugene's book is packed with great insight and helpful advice for students and teachers of magic. 
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I agree about "Teaching Magic." Great book. I am very lucky to have been able to hang out with Eugene many times. Chicago is only about 80 miles from where I live. Big loss to magic when Eugene died.

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Next time you are in town, we should hang out, Mike. I live in Chicago
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I have more than I deserve and need nothing. For the past couple of years my wife and I have been "adopting" local children whose families are unable to afford gifts. We get their wish lists through a local charity and try to make positive differences in their lives. It's humbling to see some of these kids listing underwear and socks on the wish lists. Naturally we see that they get fun, age-appropriate gifts as well. Our donations are made anonymously, and we know nothing more about the kids than their first names, ages, and in some cases clothing sizes. If there are organizations in your area that perform similar services, and if your are both able and willing to help, I encourage you to do so.

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A wonderful way to spread kindness and love at Christmas!

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As for that special Christmas gift that I'm hoping for (magic related) is Asi Wind's, "Repetoire" and thanks to the kindness and generosity of some of our members...I'm getting it in the mail today!!

Woo hoo!!!

Thanks fellas!! It's a Merry Christmas indeed!!

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