My favorite moment of the season actually happened today. I received a letter from my mom, which happens at least once a week. In it, she wrote to express her thanks for the gifts I’d sent for Christmas, and to tell me how each gift is appreciated. I decorated a clock for my parents, with an enlarged photo of them, on a beach at Caneel Bay, where we all vacationed this past summer. Just the way she worded her appreciation made my eyes well up. It is supremely gratifying to give a gift from the heart and to have another heart echo back its thanks.