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In Editor's Desk on December 23, 2008 at 2:09 am

book-magiA gift can be many things;  but in difficult times a gift can be anything- something you have made, something you no longer need, or something that expresses the perfect thing for the recipient. The thought is what gives the gift it’s charm. Look inside yourself & try to put yourself in the other’s shoes. You will know what to give. The most beautiful Christmas story ever-“The Gift of the Magi” by O.Henry, truly embodies the spirit of giving.  As my Christmas gift, I leave you with the book’s closing paragraph.

   ” The Magi, as you know, were wise men-wonderfully wise men-who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger.  They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.  Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.  And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.  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 the wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the Magi”

A lovely facsimile edition in navy blue with silver imprint & beautiful lithograph illustrations, would make a slight but charming  gift. It’s available at: THE CORNER BOOKSTORE, Madison Ave & 93rd St. tel:212.631.3554. I urge you to patronize your small local bookstores before they are gone!  

See you after Christmas. All my best wishes, & check out my website for some charming gifts,