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The Gift of the Magi is a short story written by O. Henry in the early 1900’s.

The Gift of the Magi

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    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

  • Jennifer Notas Shapiro ... (written by) (as Jennifer Notas)
     
    O. Henry ... (story "The Gift of the Magi")

    Gold is brought by those who, for the glory of God and the benefit of their neighbor, offer anything of their labors and possessions. For example, you bring gold to the Lord if you build, renew or adorn God’s temple. Your gift pleases Him, for even though He sits now on the throne of glory, for the sake of our salvation He continues at the same time to appear in the manger as well. This manger is present in church upon the table of oblation, where at every Liturgy He is, as it were, born again so as to offer Himself anew as a sacrifice for our sins. How often He suffers want in this manger. Here, He needs both clothing and shelter, light and warmth. Therefore, if you do anything for the benefit of the church, your offering delights the Lord—as much as did the gift of the magi who brought Him gold.

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At the same time that the Magi were leaving, Joseph was also warned by an angel to take Mary and the child and flee into Egypt. Joseph did as the angel had instructed. There they remained until Herod’s death and the end of his murderous decree. Being poor people, it was the gifts of the Magi that made their flight into Egypt, their stay there, and their return to Israel possible.