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With Christmas only a few sleeps away, most of us are gearing up and getting everything ready for the big day. Undoubtedly, many of us are starting to feel the pinch as we run around looking for that perfect gift.

Some of us only need to buy a few presents for close family and friends. Some of us buy many gifts, and some of us go crazy and buy an insane amount of gifts.

Then there’s this woman.

82 year old pensioner Mary Scholey, from Sheffield in the United Kingdom, sends Christmas cards and buys presents for all ten children, 33 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

That’s a total of 80 relatives she has to consider when she is walking around the shopping centre. A feat not easily undertaken every year and one that almost everyone would certainly struggle to perform.

Stephen Gregory, one of her ten kids, said “She gets through packs of Christmas cards. She writes the majority of the cards herself and she goes to local markets to find presents. It’s a massive task for her.”

“I don’t know how she does it, especially because she’s getting it but remembers the names of them all. We must be one of the biggest families in the city. My mum is simply amazing.”

Mary Scholey says that the love for her expansive family is what drives her to buy such a hoard of Christmas presents.

Her dedication could be viewed as being quite rare, considering the fact that many people stop buying their grandkids Christmas gifts once they reach a certain age.

Do you still buy your grandkids/great grandkids presents at Christmas time? Do you do your Christmas shopping well ahead of Christmas time? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. Just to let you know that when I go into your stories which I love, when I scroll down about half of the text (story) is cut out, just not there, it started happening a few weeks ago, not all of them but quite a few, just wanted to make you aware of it. I did notice yesterday in the comments another lady was saying the same thing. Cheers for a Merry Christmas to all.

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  2. What a great lady. My Nana and then my mother were right up there too, neither forgot a birthday, despite the overwhelming numbers of a very extensive family. Everyone received a gift though, in mum’s case, she later used to send a card containing a $10 note as mobility issues claimed her. As for me: I do send gifts to my children, in-laws ans grandchldren which I buy when I see something I know they will like in the time leading up to Xmas to dodge the rush.

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  3. We’re not a big family, however we’ve stopped buying presents for the adults and only buy for the grandkiddies. I’m so glad my husband’s a handyman .. this year he’s building a cubby house for the 2 grandchildren

  4. The cost of postage is becoming prohibitive as we live on opposite sides of OZ. We have come up with an idea that seems to work I have bought each grandchild a money box and their name is attached. On Birthdays, Christmas and special occasions we put money into the money box and occasionally when we have change that is shared between the boxes. The kids know this and then when they come to visit they have spending money and within reason can spend on what they want! Works a treat and doesn’t have to be a lot as it builds up nicely!

  5. Yes I buy for my grandkids, but it is getting harder as they get older they seem to have everything.

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