Della, of the beautiful hair, wanted to give her husband a gift to express her unconditional love for him. Her husband, Jim, whose only possession was a magnificent gold pocket watch from his grandfather, wanted the same thing for her.
So the stage is set for the wonderful short story, "The Gift of the Magi," by O. Henry.
(In the story, Della sells her long, beautiful hair to buy Jim a chain for his watch, while Jim sells his watch to buy her an exquisite set of combs.)
It describes a memorable Christmas of magic and wonder, filled with extravagant love and surprising joy set in an otherwise dreary and hopeless world.
In our current recession, with friends and family losing jobs and homes, with money running out and Christmas expectations always high, we need a deeper, more "grown-up" understanding of Christmas.