When our son Andre was 6 or 7 years old, he discovered thatcelebrating Christ’s birth is as much about giving as it is about receiving. So before we headed to the mall to buy presents, he announced that he was going to buy presents for everyone in our family—everyone.
We had told him and Erica, our daughter, that we’d give them each $10 to buy gifts for whomever they wanted. After he made up his list, which included two sets of grandparents, four uncles, four aunts, six cousins, a sister, and Mom and Dad, Andre would have about 50 cents to spend on each gift.
We watched him as he went undeterred into store after store, zeroing in on what cost 50 …