The Gift of the Magi is a short story, written by William Sydney Porter about a married couple and how they dealt with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time.
The Gift of the Magi
On Christmas Eve, with only little money in hand and desperate to find a gift for Jim, Della sells her hair for $20 to a hairdresser, and eventually finds a platinum pocket watch fob chain for her husband’s watch for $21. Satisfied with the perfect gift, Della runs home and begins to prepare food for dinner.
At 7 o’clock, Della sits at a table near the door, waiting for Jim to come home. Unusually late, Jim walks in and immediately balks at the sight of his wife sporting a short hair. Della then admits to Jim that she sold her hair to buy him his present.
Jim then gives Della her present – an assortment of expensive hair accessories, useless now that her hair is short. Della then shows Jim the chain she bought for him, to which he says he sold his watch to get the money to buy her combs.
Although Jim and Della are now left with gifts that neither one can use, they realize how far they are willing to go to show their love for each other, and how priceless their love really is.
Sometimes, when we (couples) have passed the honeymoon phase & kids have taken center stage in our lives, it’s easy to take each other for granted. We neglect to say “I LOVE YOU” and do random acts of thoughtfulness & affection such as giving each other little gifts like we used to way back when.
Or maybe money is tight, so you forego going on dates & gift-giving during holidays and important occasions.
For old married couples like Kap & I who have been two-gether for more than half our lifetime, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “forgetting” each other & setting one another aside in lieu of the kids & the complexities that is life. DON’T. We mustn’t. We should still prioritize one another & make each other feel like they are the most important person in the whole wide world.
Even though money is not aplenty in the GOppets household, and Kap can be a stiff when it comes to spending, we have never failed -in our 28 years of being together, to give each other gifts on important occasions like birthdays, valentines, mother’s day/father’s day, anniversaries & christmases. It does’t have to be costly gifts. But it sure would be nice to give & receive meaningful ones.
This Christmas, Kap gave me a set of pillows. :) I’ve been having stiff neck from my lumpy pillow for the longest time. My head pillow has taken the worst of turns because being peri-menopausal, I have extreme night flashes & I sweat out gallons! So my pillow has been washed so many times & it’s super lumpy.
Also, my body pillow has become flat & soft over time that I don’t get proper back support when I sleep on my side. So I really loved the thought Kap put into his gift for me with this giant, plush body pillow! IN PINK pa! <3
You don’t need to break the bank to show your love & affection. Learn from Kap! ;)) Gift-giving should be a constant tradition. No matter how small or inexpensive the object may be. It’s really the thought that counts. For me, at least.
Remember. Your life started with just the 2 of you. And after the kids have grown, it all boils down to just the 2 of you again. So BE important to one another, and show it. Sure, the kids take much of your time & attention for now. But remember, at the end of the day, it’s still you & him baby. Make the love you have for each other count.