This is a story I have always associated with Christmas. It is a set of sad images of monetary (but certainly not spiritual) poverty. Ripe with gender stereotypes, and other problematic images. But to me, the story rises above its assumed norms–it rises to a story of sweet sacrifice. It is quite romantic.
Here is the podcast of O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi”. And below is the YouTube video. Because of YouTube’s strict 10-minute only requirement, I had to split the video up into 2 parts. Here is the playlist. Enjoy!