I told him how I had missed him, and his large brown eyes lit up eagerly as he replied, 'Did you really miss me? I explained how he had been my best helper, 'I was making you a surprise,' he whispered confidentially. He didn't stay after school any more after that. Finally came the last school day before Christmas. Matthew crept slowly into the room late that afternoon with his hands concealing something behind his back. Is there something in it? I gazed into the empty box.
So now I keep a small box crudely made of scraps of wood on the piano in my living room and only smile when inquiring friends raise quizzical eyebrows when I explain to them there is love in it. Yes, Christmas is for gaiety, mirth, song, and for good and wondrous gifts. But mostly, Christmas is for love.
Father John, the vicar, was looking at the nativity scene outside when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing from the figures. Immediately, Father John's thoughts turned to calling in the local policeman but as he was about to do so, he saw little Nathan with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus.
Father John approached Nathan and asked him, 'Well, Nathan, where did you get the little infant? I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas, I would give him a ride around the block in it.
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Continuing the current trend of large-scale mergers and acquisitions, Will and Guy attended a press conference last week where was announced that Christmas and Hanukkah will merge. An industry source said that the deal had taken approximately years to agree.
While details were not available at this time, it is believed that the overhead cost of having twelve days of Christmas and eight days of Hanukkah was becoming prohibitive for both sides. By combining forces, we're told, the world will be able to enjoy consistently high-quality service during the 'Fifteen Days of Chrismukkah', as the new holiday is being called. Massive layoffs are expected, with lords a-leaping and maids a-milking being the hardest hit.
As part of the conditions of the agreement, the letters on the dreydl, currently in Hebrew, will be replaced by Latin, thus becoming unintelligible to a much wider audience. One of the sticking points holding up the agreement for at least three hundred years was the question of whether Jewish children could leave milk and biscuits or cookies for Santa even after having eaten meat for dinner. A breakthrough came last year, when Oreos were finally declared to be Kosher. All sides appeared happy about this. A spokesman for Christmas Ltd.
He merely pointed out that, were it not for the independent existence of Kwanzaa, the merger between Christmas and Chanukah [Hanukkah] might indeed be seen as an unfair cornering of the holiday market. Fortunately for all concerned, he said, Kwanzaa will help to maintain the competitive balance.
He then closed the press conference by leading all present in a rousing rendition of "Oy Vey, All Ye Faithful. Let us go back in time; back to the year of our lord , and to the place called Bay Colony in Massachusetts. We arrive at the meeting house just in time to hear the General Council pass a law forbidding the celebration of Christmas. To enforce their diktat the Council require a five-shilling fine from anyone caught, 'Observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labour, feasting, or any other way.
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We have to remember that in these colonists were strict Puritans, thus they took the line that there was no Biblical reference to seasonal excess at Christmas. Consequently, they kept to the pure religious observance of Christmas with no feasting. The sandwich plays a medley of Christmas tunes when the packaging is opened. It features the same technology used in talking greetings cards. Tesco's musical sandwich is a traditional Christmas combination of turkey and cranberry sauce with pork and cranberry stuffing. Each year they predicted the general luck and overall mood of the year by watching the gnu.
If the gnu's ears were forward, that meant a successful, joyous year was almost certain to happen. But if his ears were laid back flat against his head, it meant that an unlucky or very unhappy year was sure to come.
One year it was young Mary turn to "survey" the animal and come up with the prediction. It was her first time solo, and in her excitement, she forgot to take the key to the cage. She was late in coming to check on the gnu. Well, she saw the wrong ear position and predicted a bad year, when in fact it was quite good. To explain the error, the local newspaper ran the following headline a year later:.
Corinne was a little girl who was all alone in the world. Her father and mother were both dead. Corinne was so poor that she no longer had a room to live in; neither did she have a bed to sleep in. All Corinne owned were the clothes that she was wearing. As regards food, she had nothing more to eat than a small piece of bread that someone had given her. Corinne was forsaken by all the world but hoped that God would find a way to help her. One day she left her home village. Corinne hadn't walked very far when she saw an old man sitting by the wayside.
I'm so hungry,' he murmured to her. Corinne, without hesitation, gave him her piece of bread. When she had gone a little further and the church spire of her village could no longer be seen, she came upon ayoung child. He only had a shirt on and begged, 'Could you give me something to cover my head? I'm so terribly cold. Further along the road Corinne observed another child by the woods.
She only wore a vest and was trembling with cold. She pleaded, 'Dear girl, I'm so terribly cold without a skirt. Haven't you a little skirt for me? Meanwhile it had become evening.
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It was dark in the woods. Then another child came towards her and asked, 'I'm so cold, haven't you a vest for me? Corinne considered this carefully; she thought it's dark here in the wood. Nobody will see me. It won't matter if I have no clothes and she took off her vest, too, and handed it to the child. As Corinne stood there without any clothes, the stars started to fall down from the sky. They were all hard, shining pennies and although she had just given away her vest, she realized she had new one on.
It was made out of the most delicate fabric and much nicer than her own. Corinne held out the vest with both hands and collected as many of the pennies as she could. It really depends on what you mean by 'Short' Christmas story. Full disclosure: I work for the publisher of The Sunlit Lands series, but this short story was self-published by the author.
Read the book before the movie comes out! Three of the best-loved modern YA writers worked together to write this collection of three interwoven Christmas romances. I guess you might be wanting something a little more grown up this holiday season, so fine, here is some David Sedaris. This is another collection that is a part of my personal Christmas traditions. Hardly a Christmas at all, I say. And other stories, did you say?
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Why yes, Dickens did actually write several Christmas stories, and you may not have seen 75 billion versions of them pranced out every December! This gorgeous hardcover is begging to be a a part of your Christmas traditions. With stories and poems from Dickens, Wodehouse, Donne, and more, this is the perfect collection to start fights with your siblings over.
And, if you just want to pull something up on your phone or tablet to read, The Paris Review did a round up of five forgotten Christmas ghost stories , which may be the very best kind. Listen Shop Insiders.
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