Monthly Archives: December 2016

Story #11: In the basement

The Crèche exhibit was spectacular. People reverently wandered down the aisles admiring the vast collection of delicately created manger scenes. Crèches created from Israeli woodcarvings to the islands of Polynesia and every other type of material you could think of in … Continue reading

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Story #10: Before it “Poofs” and floats away…

Story # 10: In our community every single Christmas Eve evening we meet on a triangular hill that sits in the middle of three churches called God’s acre. A little wooden bandstand is set up and band players dressed up … Continue reading

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Story 9: What neighbors have to put up with…

We actually carol to our neighbors; even when it’s freezing outside. We do not harmonize. We do not sing all the verses of the 12 Days of Christmas. To cover up our not-so-melodious voices we play homemade metal pipes cut … Continue reading

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Story 8: Long Walk

Before Christmas, an English teacher in Africa had been telling his native students how Christians, as an expression of their joy, gave one another presents on Christ’s birthday. On Christmas morning, one of the natives brought the [teacher] a seashell … Continue reading

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Story 7: Supers Save Christmas

…Phew! Now you tell the story…

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Story 6: Little moments

On Christmas Eve past, just before bedtime, after teethes were brushed and prayers were said, my parents, four brothers, sister, two dogs, a parakeet, and a cat would lie on our living room floor and watch the color wheel behind … Continue reading

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Story 5: What I really really really want for Christmas…

I do know what I want someone to give me for Christmas. I’ve known since I was forty years old. Wind-up mechanical toys that make noises and go round and round and do funny things. No batteries. Toys that need … Continue reading

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Story #4: Help I need Christmas spirit!

December 2002 I entered the Christmas season exhausted before it began. I was overdone and feeling guilty that I was not in the mood for creating an atmosphere of Christmas for my children. I decided one night (mostly for my … Continue reading

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Story #3: Angel in Disguise

One evening in downtown Los Angeles, while waiting for a light, a stranger came up to the passenger side door of our car and began knocking on the windows. My four and two year olds were in the back seat … Continue reading

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Story #2: A Picture’s worth a 1000 stories!

Perfect Nativity My personal favorite’s: The shepherd at the chalk board and the shepherd with the golf club…  

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