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This recording of THE GIFT OF THE MAGI (narrated by Daniel Vimont) was originally published via LibriVox in the audiobook:
Christmas Short Works Collection 2012
As a child I read O’Henry’s The Gift of The Magi for the first time. I could see each character. In my mind I pictured the beautiful combs and the watch chain. I remember feeling so sad as each sacrificed prized possessions for the sake of love. It was so romantic. As a wife and mother I the story is even more important, because thankfully I have a deeper understanding of why Delia and Jim did what they did. Authentic love leads to radical actions.
One of the many things that fascinate me about the Orthodox Faith is the treasure of relics and history we have preserved. Many people read the Bible and wonder about the things they’ve read about. Do they still exist? What did they look like? Is there special significance behind the story? But they don’t know where to even begin searching to find the answers to those questions. The gifts of the Magi are one of those things. Everyone, regardless of denomination, is familiar with the three gifts the Wise Men came bearing. What most people don’t know is that those gifts are still intact today and are safeguarded at the Holy Monastery of St. Paul on the Holy Mountain.
In this essay, I will analyze the theme in O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi”. Although two young couples, Jim and Della, are facing financial problems, both of them are willing to sacrifice their most precious things to buy Christmas presents for the one they love. A gift is not about its price; instead it’s the kindness and intention of giving a gift. Moreover, the wisest is the one who has an unselfish love, in which he or she is willing to sacrifice anything for his or her love.
The Gift of the Magi