Thursday, December 15, 2016

Words of Old at Christmastine: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry


"One dollar and eighty-seven cents. 
That was all. And sixty cents of it 
was in pennies. Pennies saved 
one and two at a time by bulldozing 
the grocer and the vegetable man 
and the butcher until one's cheeks 
burned with the silent imputation 
of parsimony that such close dealing
implied. Three times Della counted it.
One dollar and eighty-seven cents. 
And the next day would be Christmas."

Published 1905.
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Sharon M. Himsl

Writer/Author. Blogging since 2011. 
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  1. This is such a sweet love story and how they made such sacrifices for the other...wish one would see that now. I actually watched a TV movie on this starring Valerie Bertinelli...I think it was her

    1. Just love this story and author. His stories have heart. A true classic!

  2. I've always loved this story. Nice to see it featured here!

    1. It wouldn't be Christmas without it. One I have read to my family in the past.

  3. This is a lovely story, great post Sharon.

    1. Thanks. It's a story that never loses its punch. Still true today for so many.

  4. I've come across it before, can't remember where. Lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Sue! I think it really captures the Christmas spirit of giving. Gifts from the heart are the greatest of all.


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