A story is told of a teacher in Africa taught the nationals that people gave each other gifts on Christ’s birthday as an expression of their joy.
A student gave this teacher a beautiful seashell as a gift. When asked where he had discovered such an extraordinary shell, the native said he had walked many miles to a certain bay, the only place where these shells could be found.
The teacher was deeply moved and told the young man how much he appreciated his gift, to which the native replied, “Long walk, part of gift.”
It’s not the price of the gift but the “long walk” behind it.