Breaking Away

Holidaying boomers leave rituals and stress behind

Made your Christmas plans yet? Even this far ahead, the question may send a jolt of anxiety through you as visions of frantic shopping, decorating, cooking and family frictions dance in your head. But Jane Parrish, 41, of North Salem, N.Y., isn't worried. Jane, her husband Mike, 45, and their three kids are looking forward this year to a major departure from stressful Christmases past. They will spend the holiday at Kay El Bar, a 79-year-old dude ranch in Wickenburg, Ariz. They will take a leisurely Christmas-morning horseback ride through the Sonoran Desert, followed by a midafternoon traditional feast in the...

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