Well, I determined I would write this post about my naturally stingy ways, especially at Christmas. So I looked up parsimony, which is not just being a cheapskate, but can also mean a type of “tree” used to explain the least evolutionary change (Thanks, Wikipedia!). That works in perfectly because I come from a long evolutionary line of naturally cheapskate people. I planned to tell you about my great uncle who nearly starved and froze himself in his basement because he didn’t want to waste money and how I am very much like him in some ways and I am sure it all relates to Christmas, phylogenetics (as soon as I figure out what that is), and my personal family history. Because it all seems related to me. Or maybe not.