Friday, December 19, 2014
On the Sixth Day of a Feminine Christmas
Most likely you've read The Gift of the Magi. The first time I read it I found it completely endearing - its twist ending is known as comic irony and the story is a splendid example. O. Henry was said to have written the Edwardian-era story in a pub one night. Sometimes writing is like that...it flows freely to perfection but it really doesn't happen all that often.
What's really perfect though, is the young love between Jim and Della and the lengths they go to find each other's heart's desire in the form of Christmas presents. It's also about sacrifice because Jim and Della both sacrifice things they each hold very dear to make the other happy.
I enjoy a re-read of this enchanting classic every Christmas...for the reminder of an Edwardian couple's true holiday spirit as well as another peek at a 1966 Della.