Not Santa Claus

Dear Queenie,

  For several years I have been taking care of a family’s children while the parents go to work, since the kids were babies. I always give the kids a gift on their birthdays and Christmas, and the mother when she has another baby, but it’s getting to be more than I can afford.

  Queenie, will it be enough if I just congratulate them without a gift?—Not Santa Claus

Dear Not Santa,

  It will be more than enough. Just send a nice “Congratulations” or “Happy Birthday” or “Merry Christmas” card, as appropriate for the occasion.