Hanukah Happiness the non-consumptive way

I just got off the phone after having spoken to my 12 nieces and nephews about their Hanukah gifts.  As I mentioned in a previous post,  I was going to be giving the gift of stock through ShareBuilder.

Well, I was getting flack from some people who said the kids would hate it!  Soooo, I didn’t want to be the hated Auntie, so I gave each of them 2 choices for their gift:

Option 1: We’d make a donation to a charity or cause of their choice.

Option 2: We’d make an investment (purchase a stock) in a company of their choice

All but 1 wanted the gift of stock.  See, I knew they’d be into it.  But, the thing that really blew me away was just how excited they each were!!  Nobody complained that they didn’t get the latest Barbie Cash Register, X Box One or Handerpants (yes, I did say HANDERPANTS!).  They were each genuinely excited about this gift!  I heard words like:  “That’s tight!” “Cool.  This goes along with what I’m learning at school!” “This is going to be fun!”  I’m not sure who’s going to learn more… me? Or them?

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