Inspired by a suggestion I received last year, instead of giving lots of presents this year, I am spending most of the gifting, wrapping, and shipping money in charitable donations.
I'm sure you will agree with me that there are many non-profit organizations doing wonderful, useful work. I'm also sure you will agree that this is a particularly good time to show kindness to those who need help, and to contribute to preserving and improving the world we live in.
So I hope you will understand that instead of a gift, I have made donations in your honor to these non-profit organizations. I hope you will recognize on this list a cause that is dear to your heart, as you are dear to mine.
and may all good things come to you in the New Year!