There’s something so delightfully warm about sitting together cozied up in the bed around an old story that sews your family’s heartstrings together. For me that story would definitely be “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Here it goes:
Della and Jim were married for a year. It was the day before Christmas and all the money Della had to buy a gift for Jim was $1.87. “What on earth can I buy with that?” she wondered. Pondering about the gift, Della turned from the window, stood before the mirror, and looked at herself. Della’s beautiful hair fell about her, shining like a brown waterfall. And then, she knew the answer. She put on her coat and her brown hat. With a quick motion and brightness in her eyes, she danced out the door and down the street to a shop. The sign read: “We buy hair.” The shopgirl greeted Della. “Take your hat off and let us have a look at it.”Down came the beautiful brown waterfall of hair. “Twenty dollars,” said the shopgirl, lifting the hair with an experienced hand. Della sold off her hair and ran to the stores to select the perfect gift for her husband. She found it at last. It was a chain — simple round rings of silver. It was perfect for Jim’s gold watch. She gave the shopkeeper twenty-one dollars and she hurried home with the eighty-seven cents that was left.
That night when Jim came home, Della rushed to give him the gift she had bought. When he saw his wife’s short hair, he was bewildered. Della smiled reassuringly. “My hair grows back quickly.” Before she could give Jim her gift, he handed his wife a small box. Della untied the ribbon and opened it. Inside were two combs — the special set of objects to hold her hair that Della had wanted ever since she saw them in a shop window. The beautiful combs were hers, but the hair that should have touched them was gone. Then, Della handed Jim her box. When Jim opened it and saw the gold watch chain, he was dazed. “Isn’t it wonderful, Jim?” exclaimed Della. “Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it.”
Instead of obeying, Jim fell on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.
“Dell,” said he, “let us put our Christmas gifts away and keep them a while. They are too nice to use just right now. I sold my gold watch to get the money to buy the set of combs for your hair. And now, why not put the meat on.”
My dear readers, I wish that you understand the value of giving, not only during Christmas, but through out the year. For me, this story is the epitome of true love as well as the spirit of gifting. This Christmas, may you find love like Jim and Della and may you be able to give love and kindness to others. Merry Christmas!
“Christmas is about giving from the heart more than giving from the store.” Toni Sorenson