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Not to be a Scrooge, but the size of our family has outgrown our budget and some of the joy has been taken out of the holidays.
My wife and I are retired. Even though we still live in our family home and can accommodate our children, their partners, spouses and our grandchildren for Christmas dinner, giving everyone a wrapped gift has become an expensive and time consuming chore for both of us.
The tradition is that we receive a list of names with a gift idea that we’re expected to buy and wrap to put under our tree. How, after all these years, do we break with that tradition?
–T.G., Swansea, MA