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The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi - Lisbeth Zwerger, O. Henry This is one of those beautiful stories that you can't ever read enough. Two people, so desperate to find a Christmas gift for each other that they sell their most prized possessions to do it. While on the surface it may seem to be a story about consumerism, it is about the love and devotion these two people have for each other.

It's been a long time since I last read this story, but it's just as powerful now as it was then. My only complaint, and it is the same one I always have regarding short stories, is that it's so well short. I like that short stories provide a snapshot of someone's life, but I always want a little more detail. This one doesn't need the extra detail as much as others, but it's brevity is just enough for me to take away that last star.