I posted last week about being a day late for rent. The manager charged me a $50 late fee that had to be paid now. I asked if it could wait till after Christmas but she said no. That and the fact that our water bill was higher than average this month means I am unable to afford a Christmas tree this year. Instead I went to the .99 cent store and bought two very small fake trees, some ornaments, some tinsel to put around the coffee table, and some holiday stickers to put on the sliding glass doors. When I got home with the stuff and explained that I couldn't get a tree this year but I bought some decorations instead, difficult child was furious. She told me I ruined Christmas. She then called me out on the fact that I don't have the money to buy one this year. She insists that I must have the money somewhere but I'm just too damn cheap to get one. Then she told me I ruined our cat's first Christmas, since she won't have a tree to play with. easy child took it all in stride. He took the two trees I bought and decorated them. difficult child did not participate. I don't know how to to tell her this yet, but all I can afford to get for them is one gift each this year. difficult child's birthday is on the 31st and that makes it even harder. I always make sure to get her something nice each year, because she gets ripped off every year by several of my relatives, who don't get her a birthday gift. They get my son birthday gifts every year, but since she was born in December she gets none. I feel bad for her every year. So this year, like all the others, I am going to make sure I get her an extra special birthday gift. She is going to be mad at me when I tell her she's only getting one Christmas gift this year. I usually get her and easy child 3 gifts each. Before anybody starts feeling bad for my kids, let me just say that my mom gets them several gifts each and other relatives get them gifts as well. So technically they will have more than one Christmas gift this year. They are not suffering. But difficult child will not be so understanding. She is going to get mad at me again. So do I tell her now about the gift thing, or do I wait and let her find only one gift on Christmas morning? I am really not looking forward to her finding out, but there's not much else I can do.