There once was a couple who was very poor.
The wife, Sara wanted to buy a Christmas present for her husband,
but she had only $1.67. Then she remembered. There
were two things worth of value in her house. One: her
husband's gold watch. It was a priceless antique
passed down from his grandfather. Two: her long, beautiful
hair. If she sold it, she could have enough money to
buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. Tying her hair
up, she ran downstairs to the nearby salon. "Do you buy
hair?" she asked breathlessly. The owner nodded.
"Yeh, I buy hair. Lemme see." she motioned for
Sara to let her hair down. Sara let her hair down and
the owner nodded in satisfaction as
her luxurious curls were let down. "20
dollars." the owner yawned. Sara smiled. That was enough!
She nodded and sat down in the worn salon chair as the owner
used a pair of scissors to cut her hair short so that it barely
passed her chin. She bit back tears and collected the money,
"Where to go?" she asked herself. She went from
store to store trying to find a gift. Then she saw it: a
silver chain for Jim's watch. It would go perfectly with
it, she thought excitedly as she handed over the money. The
store manager wrapped it up and she went home. Then
she realized that Jim might not like her with short
hair. Tears streamed down her cheeks. "I hope he will
understand," she said bitterly as she went to make
At 7, Jim came home and Sara rushed to hug him. "Merry
Christmas Jim." she said. Jim saw her short hair
and his jaw dropped, a look of sadness and surprise in his
eyes. Sara looked down. "I sold my hair for money to buy a
Christmas present for you. But please don't hate me; my hair
will grow back soon! I'll put the pork chops on the stove and
let's eat, all right?" Jim came out of his trance and he
gave a weary smile.
"I also bought you a present. But it will be of no
use." he sighed and put a velvet box on the table. Sara
opened it and gasped in delight. Sitting in the box were two
jewel-studded combs, the ones she had
"Jim, my hair grows back quickly! I will use this very
soon!" she smiled and put his present on the table.
"Open it, my dear." Jim opened the present and
burst out laughing. "What is it?" Sara asked confused.
He shook his head.
"I sold my watch to buy you these combs." Sara's
eyes widened. Jim collected the presents and put them under
the small Christmas tree they had. "Let's cherish this
Christmas and use these presents next year."
They grinned and hugged.