"Della had saved exactly $1.86 cents for Christmas the next morning. She lived with her husband in an apartment that cost $8 a week. The apartment had been affordable when Jim was earning $30 a week, but now he was only earning $20 a week. She sobbed because she had saved so hard to buy Jim something nice for Christmas, but $1.86 was all that she could pull together.
The only things of any real value to them were Jim's gold watch--a family heirloom--and Della's beautiful brown hair that reached past her knees. She decided to sell her hair to buy Jim a present and was pleased when she received $20 for the long locks. She searched all the stores for the perfect gift and finally found a beautiful platinum chain that would be perfect for Jim's watch. She gave the clerk $21 and was pleased that Jim could finally discard the worn leather strap he had always used for his watch. Although Jim loved her hair, the sacrifice was worth such a wonderful gift.
When Jim arrived home from work he looked shocked at her appearance. But she couldn't quite read his thoughts by his expression. She jumped on the moment to tell him how fast her hair grows and that she had sold it to buy him a beautiful gift. Jim told her that he would always love her but that she might want to look at her present to understand why she had startled him. She opened her present to discover that he had bought her a set of beautiful combs that she had long coveted.
Her sadness quickly turned to joy when she showed Jim the fabulous chain she had bought for him. He took the chain and tumbled onto the couch. He smiled and told her that he had sold the watch in order to buy the combs for her. Many would view this as a tragedy, but to Della and Jim it showed the depths off their love for each other."
If Della sold her hair :
1. If Jim hasn't sell his watch, he couldn't give the comb to Della, but his watch would be nice with the chain. Della's sacrifice was repaid.
2. If Jim sold his watch, Della had her haircut in vain and the chain meant nothing. Beside Jim lost his possession.
If Jim sold her watch :
1. If Della has sold her hair, Jim would lose his possession, got the comb for nothing and the cahin would be meaningless.
2. If Della hasn't, the comb would make his wife happy. And there was no chain to be in vain.
If I were Della. I didn't sell my hair, I wouldn't lose my husband's possession. I planned to cook him the most delicious dinner he'd ever had.
If I were Jim. I didn't sell my watch. I thought she was the greatest chief alive. We're gonna have a warm Christmas Eve Candlelight Dinner tonight.