Do You Prefer Instant Or Delayed Gratification?

One of the favorite stories that comes up around the holidays has to do with my sister-in-law (my wife’s sister).  When they were kids, they both received Advent calendars around Christmas (a tradition that my mother-in-law now has started to introduce to her grandkids) which is a calendar sharing some of the stories of Christmas for the 24 days prior.  One of the mainstays of the Advent calendar is that there is one piece of candy that you get per day.

This works really well in most cases, except one year when she was little, my sister-in-law got a hold of the calendar and ate all of the remaining pieces (I’m pretty sure it was early in the Advent season).  I’m sure it wasn’t so funny at the time as it was discovered, but it’s now a funny story.

Even now, my sister-in-law will fully admit that she prefers instant gratification.  When a meal is served, she’ll eat her favorite part of the meal first, whereas I usually go from my least favorite to my most favorite.

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