Justify the title, "The Gift of the Maji".

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According to the Christian tradition, the wise men or magi who travelled from afar to place their gifts at the baby Jesus' feet as he lay in the manger were the first gift givers.  Therefore the title of the story is meant to reflect that tradition as well as the unselfishness of the givers in that the magi travelled such great distances to give their gifts to the newborn baby.  In some ways they are also linked to the story in that their gifts were in some ways less practical to a baby but were meant to signify their willingness to sacrifice, just as Jim and Delia were willing to sacrifice for each other, even if it meant giving up their most prized possession.

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