It always seemed so good to me. For me, really, and no one else in my house, but this year we’re doing it: no freebies.
I think I have tried it in the past. I suggested that my family do something other than give each other Christmas presents. This has always been encountered with squinty eyes and wrinkled noses. My kids, die-hard Americans at heart, wanted the traditional vacation, the anticipation, the wrapped packages, the excitement. I remember feeling that too. And I didn’t blame them. This year, however, something has changed. The three of them agreed – willingly, wholeheartedly – to forgo the gifts in favor of something else. Ah, finally we have arrived.