The novel “The Gift of the Magi” tells the story of a young married couple, Jim and Della, who are struggling financially.
As Christmas approaches they want to give special gifts to each other, but their lack of money drives them to drastic measures.
Jim has a prized heirloom gold pocket watch, while Della’s is her long beautiful hair. So Jim sells his watch in order to buy combs for Della’s hair, Della sells her hair for a chain for Jim’s watch.
The story deservedly became a beloved favourite for many, for it reminds us that sacrifice is at the heart of true love, and sacrifice is love’s truest measure. This Idea is particularly appropriate for Christmas, as sacrifice is the heartbeat of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, born to die for you and me.