OK guys, take a deep breath and let it out slowly...
Feeling better?? Just relax, this is the season for joy and happiness, there's really no need to get all stressed out about it!! It's about family, friends, good times and good food, not for getting too freaked out about the whole thing.
Gift-giving is really a snap, even if you're not used to the whole "Christmas gifts" thing. You shouldn't feel obligated to buy gifts for absolutely everyone, just pick up things for the people who are closest to you if that's what you'd prefer. It's not about making sure you have a gift for everyone so that you don't offend everyone - my JW boyfriend seems to think that the only reason people give gifts at Christmas is to prove that they don't hate each other - it's about giving from the heart, and trust me, if you forget or overlook someone when you're shopping, it's OK, they're not going to be angry or offended. You might feel bad about it, but nobody's going to call you on it, Christmas isn't a competition or anything to find out who can give the most or the best gifts, it's about giving from the heart.
I don't know about everyone else here, but I'd much rather give gifts than receive them, so I never give a gift expecting to get something back. Heh, even my dad complained this year that I didn't ask for enough things for Christmas, but he doesn't quite get the whole "I don't need a million presents for Christmas" concept, he tries to spoil me and that's not quite what I want. Remember, it is much more blessed to give than to receive. I don't know about everyone else here, but the greatest thrill I get at Christmas is finding the perfect gift for someone and seeing the look on their face when I give it to them, it just makes my whole Christmas!! Nothing makes me happier than giving someone a gift, so I absolutely love giving lots of gifts at Christmas, even if I am a poor university student, and I never expect anything from anyone. That's not what Christmas is about, it's about giving and sharing and happiness and joy and peace, not whoever gets the most presents.
Charities are a lot of fun during the Christmas holidays, too - some charities accept cash donations, but many of them ask for gift donations, someone else here mentioned that, so you can go out and pick up a gift for a child in need and donate it to make someone else's Christmas that much brighter. It really makes your Christmas brighter, too, because you know that you helped someone who wouldn't have much of a Christmas otherwise.
Just try not to get too caught up in the "rules" and technicalities of the season, enjoy it for what it is. Remember, Christmas is what you make it. And if you're still having trouble and you don't know what to do, there are lots of people out there who have celebrated Christmas their entire lives and will be more than happy to share their Christmas tricks with you. Us life-long Christmas celebrators love to share the holidays with everyone, we'd love to help!!
Merry Christmas, everyone!!