The Gift of the Magi

The gift of the Magi is to hold what you have and not think a minute of what you are missing. — Garrison Keillor’s interpretation of O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi

I was in 8th grade the first time I read O. Henry’s short story The Gift of the Magi. We were learning about irony, and that was the example my teacher used. While I thought the story was sweet, I lacked the worldliness to truly appreciate it at the time.

A couple weeks ago, I heard Garrison Keillor on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion reading his own interpretation of the Gift of the Magi, and thought it was so beautiful that I knew I’d want to share it with you. Don’t be alarmed by the time on the link; the story is only a couple minutes at most, and it starts playing right away. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Gift of the Magi


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