Shellie Brown Kemp was raised in Jackson, Miss., and returned to her hometown to pursue her musical career, which led to her recent appointment as the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s concertmistress.
What’s the point of it all? Shouldn’t the holiday season simply be about family, friends and food? And wouldn’t everyone just be better off spending their own money on things they know they want? Gift exchanges may seem wasteful and impractical. But as social scientific research reveals, the costs and benefits of gift-giving aren’t what they seem.