"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
So exclaims Dr. Seuss' Grinch when he discovers that his attempt to stifle Christmas, by stealing all the presents from under the trees of Whoville, has come up short. The message of the Seuss classic is that the meaning of the holidays can't be found inside any package, but in the spirit of joy and togetherness.
The trouble is, that may be a message more easily embraced by adults than by kids. For the last decade, my family has more or less retired gift-giving and restricted holiday celebrations to a communal meal. That's more than good enough for me. I seldom have many material needs that aren't covered at the end of the year.