Traditions are good things, right? Except perhaps when they signal that your parents may be losing their minds.
My parents get along very well with my MIL, and they exchange gifts at Christmas. Even though they see each other (we pack the MIL along with us for our drive down), they like to take care of things by mail order. Fine.
The MIL sends them an ameryllis bulb kit. Just add water, and a few weeks later you have a ginormous (usually) red flower. Fine.
And do you know what my parents send her? An ameryllis. Seriously. And what's really crazy is that both parties appear perfectly happy with this exchange.
Could they possibly skip the mailing and each buy themselves an ameryllis? Of course not! That's not the holiday spirit!!
Bring it on.