Gift of the Magi
The other day I heard a mother tell her child that Santa didn’t exist and that he shouldn’t expect too many presents this year as she couldn’t afford them. This, of course, resulted in a flood of tears from the child and acute frustration from the mother.
Times are tough for everyone at the moment but, you know, Santa does exist! You may know him as Père Noel, St Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle; it’s really of no consequence because it’s what he represents that really matters – the Spirit of Christmas.
The wonderful story The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry always resonates with me. A couple, Della and Jim Dillingham, live modestly and have no money for frivolous gifts one Christmas. Della sells her prize possession – her long, long hair – to buy Jim a fob for his watch; a watch he inherited from his father and grandfather. Jim in turn sells his watch in order buy Della expensive combs for her hair. Neither telling the other of what they had done. O. Henry ends his story:
“But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the Magi.”
The Magi, of course, were the wise men who travelled from the East on the night a baby was born in a manager to give him precious gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – one from each of them.
So, when you give someone a gift – or two; or you decide to spend time with a loved one you haven’t seen for some time just because it’s Christmas, you do believe in Santa and he does exist!
From all of us at Pluris, we wish you a joyous and peaceful Christmas.