The sharing of presents in What Katy Did at School by Susan Coolidge
The Carrs, at boarding school, are the only students whose Christmas boxes make it through the snow from home in time. After marvelling over the beautiful, thoughtful presents from everyone at home (Papa sends Katy and Clover a delicate necklace each, Elsie a pair of knitted hoods, Cousin Helen glove cases, books from Dorry, ink stands from Phil and Johnnie), they unpack the multitude of edible treats and make up parcels for the rest of the girls, full of Debbie’s jumbles, ginger snaps, crullers, frosted plum cake, figs, prunes, almonds, hickory nuts, fruit and everything else a schoolful of young ladies might need to keep seasonal body and soul together. And in the sharing – whaddya know?! – is found the true meaning of Christmas.