Christmas Literature

The Nutcracker Suite


The Night Before Christmas


Christmas Carol

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Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer

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      Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi" is an O. Henry short story in which a young couple are very much in love with each other but can barely afford their one-room apartment opposite the elevated train. For Christmas, she decides to buy him a platinum chain for his prized pocket watch. To raise the funds, she has her hair cut off and sold to make a wig. Meanwhile, he decides to sell his watch to buy her a beautiful set of combs for her lovely, knee-length hair.

The moral of the story is that physical possessions, however valuable they may be, are of little value in the grand scheme of things. The true unseflish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.

O. Henry ends the story by clarifying the metaphor between the characters in the story, Della and James (or Jim), and the Biblical Magi.

"The Gift of the Magi" features O. Henry's characteristic twist ending and use of flowery diction.

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The  Polar Express

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