Happy holidays to all the Passionate readers who celebrate Christmas or Kwanzaa. I wish you a lovely, peaceful time with your friends and family. To those of you who finished celebrating Hanukkah, I hope your holiday was filled with joy and happiness, too.
Off all the holiday stories, my favorite is O’Henry’s “The Gift of The Magi.” Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, the profound love in this story is one not to be missed. To me, it exemplifies the meaning of selfless giving. I read it in high school, and the teacher who assigned it gave me a holiday gift!
Here’s Wikipedia’s summation of the classic tale: “[A] young couple who are short of money but desperately want to buy each other Christmas gifts. Unbeknownst to Jim, Della sells her most valuable possession, her beautiful hair, in order to buy a platinum fob chain for Jim’s watch; while unbeknownst to Della, Jim sells his own most valuable possession, his watch, to buy jeweled combs for Della’s hair.”
It has a fantastic premise, doesn’t it? What’s your favorite holiday story?
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