Now that Halloween is here, it's the official beginning of the season during which we complain that the official beginning of the holiday season shouldn't have happened yet. And that means it's time for a public service announcement.
O Henry's The Gift Of The Magi is terrible. Do not produce theatrical versions of it. Do not arrange it into songs. Do not host readings of it for defenseless children. Do not make allusions to it. Do not pontificate on its moral, or its applicability to the upcoming festive season.
Do not even read it. That's only encouraging it. And that's not the message we want to be sending.
In fact, don't even think about it. Since this post might have brought it into your mind, I hereby present the following mental palate cleanser:
That is all.