As Christmas draws near, gift exchanges are on the horizon. As a child it was always more fun to receive the gifts and to see what things landed underneath the tree Christmas morning.
But when we get older, we spend more of our time making sure the magic is still intact for future generations. We realize that the fun is not just about getting presents, but also giving them to people. Giving seems to be more fun than getting as we grow older because the exhilaration is just not the same as when we were kids. Compassion and empathy emerge as we hop that the gift we get the person will benefit their lives, even if it means in small ways.
My parents would hardly ever splurge on themselves, which means I have decided that it’s my job to do that for them. It’s fun to play this reversal role of Santa as I get older: to see the magic of Christmas and generosity.