Family doesn't feature as large in my life as it does for most people - largely because I haven't got one! I've never married and my only sister died four years ago leaving just one son who now lives in Belgium
But I delight in my friends. Friendship is one of the great pleasures of life which we can have without major expenditure.
Around Christmas time I think a lot about my friends. Cards arrive, many with letters inside. It's fashionable to deride the round robin letter but I love 'em. Most people write their basic letter and then add a personalised note on the bottom and that way I hear about the grandchildren of people whom I first knew over forty years ago. No-one would want to write as many individual letters or if they did, they would just be scant notes.
So my frugal pleasure today is friendship, especially those friends I have had for yonks and the news of whose lives plops through my letterbox at this time of year.