Friday 23 December 2016

The Gift of the Magi

The short story, The Gift of the Magi, written by O. Henry first appeared in print in December of 1905.  The original story features a young married couple who are destitute, but would like to buy each other Christmas presents.  The wife sells her long flowing hair to buy her husband a platinum pocket watch fob chain.  Her husband sells his pocket watch to buy her beautiful combs for her long hair.  O. Henry ends the story by comparing the couples' sacrificial gifts to the gifts of the Magi presented to the baby Jesus over 2000 years ago.  A film adaptation of the story, O Henry's Full House, premiered in 1952, giving us the same theme that it is better to give than to receive (

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