“The Gift of the Magi” is a short story by O. Henry first published in 1905. The story tells of a young husband and wife and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been popular for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmastime. The plot and its twist ending are well-known, and the ending is generally considered an example of comic irony. It was allegedly written at Pete’s Tavern on Irving Place in New York City.
“Balls” by George Cameron Grant: A box of very eccentric, multi colored holiday ornaments discover just how fragile their existence really is…a hilarious conversation between five Christmas ornaments with strong personalities tucked snugly in a box.