"Oh! Can we buy those fuzzy socks?"
"Sweetie, no, they're garish and you don't need -- "
"Not for me, for my Secret Santa," said one of several daughters.
"I need some too, for mine," said another girl.
"And candy canes."
"And something big for the end, like a gift card or a DVD."
"A gift card or DVD? Are you nuts?" said the children's cheeseparing mother, as the family moved...