Mike & Liza's Marriage Ref: Cruise Scrooge

Dear Mike & Liza,
My hus­band and I bought a cruise for our fam­ily to enjoy in Feb­ru­ary. We planned to present it to our teenage chil­dren for Christ­mas. I want to get my chil­dren lots of lit­tle cruise related gifts — new swim­suits, flip flops, sun­glasses, etc so they will have presents to open Christ­mas morn­ing. My hus­band says the trip is gift enough and we shouldn’t spend any more money. I know they are almost adults, but it pains me to think of my chil­dren miss­ing out on the magic of Christ­mas morn­ing. I mean, how fun is it to open a card with a gift cer­tifi­cate in it?
Tell Scrooge to loosen the purse strings — after all, it’s Christ­mas!
Holly (not my real name)
Idaho Falls


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