Merry Christmas, my friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful time with family and friends. In honor of this lovely day, I have a special Christmas themed book for you. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas myself, this short story is one of my favorites in general.
As a reminder, Standalone Sunday is a feature created by the lovely Megan over @ bookslayerReads where each Sunday you share a standalone book (a book not part of a series) that you loved or would like to recommend! Please be sure to check out Megan’s wonderful blog to see her original post and recommendations. And be sure to check around the blogosphere for more posts like this!
This week’s recommendation is:
The Gift of the Magi | O. Henry
“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.”
I think I read this story way back in elementary school. I don’t remember the specifics, but I remember how much it affected me. This is a book about unselfish love and sacrifice. I loved the simplicity of the message and I thought it was one of the sweetest short stories I’ve ever read. I’m not a hopeless romantic, but I can appreciate a love story when told correctly. And this book is ridiculously romantic in the best of ways. This is definitely a timeless classic that defines the importance of love in a time of giving. All in all, I think The Gift of the Magi is a great story to be told each and every Christmas season.