When Holiday Traditions Become Burdens

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Among the Christmas ornaments I unbox every year are a few handmade gingerbread men, a hole punched through their foreheads with a loop of colorful ribbon threaded through it. My mother made them from balsa wood painted a glossy brown accented with white “frosting,” modeling them after the cookies we made together every year, and sent them out as holiday cards. There’s a cheery holiday greeting penned in silver marker in…