What is the Best Christmas Gift?

By Natalie Q. Well-known stories like O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi describe givers in a bind seeking the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, my favorite treatment of this theme comes from a lesser-known story that I recently discovered (thanks to a friend’s Instagram post): Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck. The story describes how Rob, now an old man, wakes early on Christmas morning and recollects a meaningful present he gave his father fifty years prior. That year, teena...
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What Is the Power of a Thoughtful Gift at Christmas?

By Andrew B. Last year it was hard for me to be away from home for Christmas but, I received one very sentimental gift: a family picture book. It contained a few pictures from just before I left home, but most were taken after. Each of these somehow referred to me. Either a picture of an inside joke I had with a sibling, something they knew I would laugh at, or some of my favorite things. These pictures spanned months, and showed that my family had been thinking of me often. I could feel the ...
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