He has NEVER sent an email to me, and he wrote this to my brothers, SILs, myself and DH:
This is very special time of the year and we want it to not be a burden to any of our children. Due to the economic times in this country, we are asking each of you to refrain from buying gifts for each other and us. I know that your children do not totally understand how tight money is, but you all take care of your children and lets not swap gifts this year. The importance of Christmas is family and fun and that is what we as your parents are asking for as a gift. That we gather for fellowship and fun and for Bo we will be having 'Prime Rib' for the Christmas meal. Do not fear!
Most important is that we all 'Remember the Reason for The Season'. Take time to think of things you can do with your family that will make this a wonderful season for family memories.
We love each of you and you have each one made us so very proud and happy to have such a wonderful family.