Thinking Aloud

All I want for Christmas is nothing: The struggle of trying to have no presents under the tree

The pre-Christmas shopping rush is a staple every December, but maybe there is a way for people to celebrate without presents. PHOTO: BT FILE
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We have a beloved Christmas tradition in my family. Every year, in the lead-up to Christmas, we go around asking one another: “So what do you want for Christmas?”

“Nothing!” is the inevitable reply. It has been years since any of us has been able to come up with something that (1) we want but don’t already own, and (2) is affordable enough to be a non-absurd request.

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