Day 14: Read ‘The Gift of the Magi’ by O. Henry

Day 14

One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure — her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.

This is one of my favorite stories to read each holiday season, and it goes by so quickly (especially with a cup of cocoa or glass of wine). And this is one of those stories that leaves you feeling a little bit happier when you’re done.

You can find it for free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.


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