One of the questions at quora.com was When have you experienced true joy? A father told the story of his 11-year-old daughter buying Christmas presents for the whole family. She had saved $130 and put the presents in their Amazon shopping cart, then told the father to please buy them and take the money out of her savings account. But he wasn’t to peek at the presents because they were surprises. He tells us the joy she had on Christmas Day when she gave everyone their presents and watched them open them.
I can relate to that — one of the best Christmases in my life was when my sister and I were old enough to buy presents for our family. I don’t remember what we received that Christmas, but I remember the thrill of being able to buy something for them for a change.
I also remember one of the best presents I ever received. My daughter was about four years old and Santa had put four packs of sugarless gum in her Christmas stocking. That was a very special treat and she was so excited she had trouble opening one of the packs. The first thing she did when succeeded was to offer me a piece. My heart still melts when I think of it.