Manual Three Heartfelt Stories of Christmas Past

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We may not have had a Christmas that year if it wasn't for her generosity. I am one of seven children, and have never had much alone time with my mum.

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Every Christmas, we would go down to my gran's house around the corner for the huge family Christmas party on Christmas Eve. Mum was also one of seven, so I'd see my huge number of cousins and aunts and uncles and get presents and sing songs. It was such a warm, loving atmosphere, but one Christmas when I was little, I got quite sick with a fever.

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As a result, I couldn't go to the party and I was miserable. Mum stayed behind to look after me that Christmas. I remember laying on the couch under the Christmas tree, Mum playing carols quietly on the record player. It was just her and me, and she made me my own special dinner because I was ill and let me open one of my Christmas presents early.

I had such a nice time with her.

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Before there were websites that allowed you to track Santa's progress, my dad, a computer programmer, made up a program on our home computer that allowed us to follow Santa across the globe on Christmas Eve. He even made it so that phrases would pop with my name or my brother's. It's probably been more than 10 years since we've done that, but I still remember it being one of the things I looked forward to most. When I was 6 years old or so I received an orange from my great-grandmother. I didn't understand why someone had given me fruit for Christmas, until I learned many years later that this was my great-grandma's favorite gift when she was a kid in the s… It was her tradition and her way to remind us that small things could make us happy.

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One year, my family was going through a really hard time. My school was aware of this, and during our middle school Christmas party, two of my teachers brought us clothes, food, and stockings.

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Our tree and counters were full. My mom was crying when we got home because she wasn't expecting us to have Christmas at all. One Christmas morning my parents woke my siblings and I up and told us they had secretly videotaped Santa last night and we just HAD to see it. At this point we had started to question if Santa was real or not, but when we saw that video of Santa putting gifts under the tree and eating the cookies we left, any doubt we had was gone! Years later we found out that my parents had found a Santa suit at the store and stayed up all night recording the video.

We still talk about that video every year at Christmas and it is definitely something I plan on doing with my kids! When I was little, my grandpa had cancer, and he and my grandma were too exhausted from all the treatments and emotions from the previous months to make the two-hour drive to Christmas with the rest of the family. So my mom arranged for us all to go over to their house instead, and we stood outside in their yard singing Christmas carols. I'll never forget the look on my grandma's face when she drew the curtains to see what was going on outside — it makes me tear up just to think about how excited she was.

My grandpa died a month later, but my grandma has always said how grateful she was that we didn't forget about him on what ended up being his last Christmas. When my family was all able to get together for Christmas we always went to Christmas Eve mass. Although I don't really identify with any religion, Christmas Eve mass is beyond beautiful My older brother wasn't going to be able to make it to Christmas because he lived too far away and it was just not the same Christmas Eve feeling as we stood there in our fancy holiday finest and sang carols My whole family was crying and I will never forget how it felt: like my own little Christmas miracle.

For that reason I have always loved that song and it was so nice to have my Christmas wish come true. Merry Christmas, y'all! Share On facebook Share On facebook Share. A dwarf demands a year of the children's lives in exchange for the last piece of holly. Will they agree? A play off the "Twas the Night Before" verses, there's lots of recovering after the year's biggest holiday. After reading, young children might rethink their wish to have Christmas all the time.

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Christmas brings peace in the world which is good If love and peace would stay, if only it would! The magic of Christmas falls like a spell If this feeling would stay troubles would dispel. The magic of Christmas it comes from above And fills us with goodness and lots of love. An Old-Fashioned Christmas Helen Monnette I thought of an old-fashioned Christmas When the world was aglitter with snow, When stars, in their lockets of velvet, Their silvery beams rain below.

Where a Christmas tree stands in a corner Decked out in the season's attire, With a pearl-white necklace of popcorn, The stringing, the children's desire.

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  • The shutters unclosed at the windows And friendly the light shining there, Like the neighbors who linger when passing, For it is the hour of prayer. I thought of an old-fashioned Christmas And a church in the valley of peace, And the bell with its silver chiming That eased our cares ere it ceased. The peals of the laughter of children In toyland around the green tree; Pleasing and happy the merriment, How wonderful childhood must be.

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    The logs blaze bright in the fireplace As the hearts that are merry and gay, As the sleighbells I hear in the distance And wish they were coming my way. I wish you an old-fashioned Christmas With neighbors and family and friends, With church bells and singing and blessing As the old year comes to an end. Star of the East, the night were drear But for the tender grace That with thy glory comes to cheer Earth's loneliest, darkest place; For by that charity we see Where there is hope for all and me.

    Star of the East! What about our reputation? Folks will find out you know. We thought we warned you discreetly, but it's clear, you just didn't heed. What will we say to our neighbours? She gave into his greed? All that you taught I obeyed; Joseph is not this child's father; he's the child for whom we have prayed.

    I was alone in my bedroom and an angel came in the night. He spoke but I barely heard him, my body was shaking with fright! He calmed my fears and assured me that he had a message to bring: God has chosen my body to nurture our heavenly king! He is the child we have longed for; the promise that helped us to cope. God, being faithful, has heard us, and He is rewarding our hope. Mother, I know there'll be gossip, because folks won't understand, But Scripture long ago told us that God had all of this planned.

    Joseph and I will still marry; he knows the problems we'll face, Like me, he too is God's servant. We're honoured, it's not a disgrace! Suppose that God, whose mighty hand Created worlds, had never planned A way for man to be redeemed.