2007 Christmas

Christmas 17: Bipper and Wick

December 13, 2007

The snow had turned the forest into a winter wonderland; and as the bears worked hard to get their den prepared for the long winter ahead, the ice on the trees snapped aloud. The hard work made the bears very sleepy, and their yawns could be heard from far away. There was one bear amongst […]

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Christmas 16: A Final Christmas

December 12, 2007

It is cold outside her home this Christmas season. Snow banks rest against the structure and icy white flakes build up multiple layers against the windowsills, blurring outward vision for one whose eyes are already dimmed by age. An elderly lady sits within this humble place. She is pondering over Christmas’s past and events over […]

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Christmas 15: Christmas at Fielding House

December 12, 2007

“Claire, the silver pieces need polished for the Christmas Eve dance.” “Yes, Mrs. Fielding.” Claire straightened her apron and tucked a bronze curl behind her ear. Mrs. Fielding nodded as Simms held out her coat. “We have much to accomplish in one weeks time, exciting though isn’t it?” When she smiled, lines crinkled around her […]

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Christmas 14: A Dark and Cold Miracle

December 11, 2007

Elder Jensen was not a good missionary. He knew and I knew it. He wasn’t terrible, he just wasn’t very good. He kept most of the rules most of the time, and never did anything which was out and out sinful. He just didn’t want to be in Finland. That, in and of itself, didn’t […]

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Christmas 13: Reggie’s Special Xmas

December 11, 2007

It was two days before Christmas and little did Reggie [this makes him sound like he’s 5] know that this would probably be his most memorable Christmas ever. [“little did he know” never works in a story; too cliché] Just two hours earlier, sitting in his favorite chair in the family room, he had candidly […]

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Christmas 12: Story

December 10, 2007

The traditional nativity was enacted, with the narrator reading the beloved and familiar verses from Luke. The Angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, who journeyed to the manger to find Joseph and Mary, cradling the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. “And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host […]

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Christmas 11: Walking in a Weevil Wonderland

December 10, 2007

I love my job. There’s something incredibly satisfying about hunting down werecreatures and blasting them into oblivion. Of course, since I’m on call as soon as the moon rises, it plays havoc with my social life, and a lot of guys get turned off when you say that you’re basically an exterminator. But that’s the […]

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Christmas 10: Arrows to Heaven

December 7, 2007

I’ve been the owner of the O Tannenbaum Christmas Tree Lot for twenty years, the only lot in the valley that doesn’t cut their trees weeks in advance, expecting them to last through the holiday season without losing their needles. We take pride in the fact that our trees are cut the week before the […]

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Christmas 09: Christmas Alive

December 7, 2007

A long time ago when I was a boy Christmas was a time of candies and toys. Then came the Christmas when all things would change, right then and there I knew I would never be the same. It was cold, it was blowing, as the snow piled up outside, my father winked and said […]

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Christmas 08: The Story

December 6, 2007

It was Christmas Eve. Last minute travelers lounged in plastic chairs, waiting for the weather to clear. Flights were either cancelled or late. A young girl approaching puberty [say teen, or give an exact age] sat beside an old woman with a furrowed brow. “Are you excited about Christmas?” she asked. “I hate the holidays. […]

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Christmas 07: The Forgotten Christmas

December 6, 2007

One day Nora noticed something different in the window of The Little Christmas Shop she always passed on her way home from school. [“Noticing” is not an active verb. Start with action.] At the bottom of a crooked Christmas tree stood a small angel [we need more description—color, texture, etc.] and it looked like he […]

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Christmas 06: P.O.W. Christmas

December 5, 2007

Gleaming, glimmering stars held a gentle vigil throughout the night sky, like nights at home when he was a boy—a boy who wanted to be a hero. Heroes go to war. War is hell. Did the folks back home who slumbered safely under this same night sky know how hellish this place really was? But, […]

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Christmas 05: The Costume Maker

December 5, 2007

Our third grade class was having a special program and the teacher had chosen me to be the Christmas tree. I was the first one off the bus as it pulled to our stop. [Start here] I raced down the street toward home. Out of breath, I burst through the door to hand my mother […]

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Christmas 04: The Crooked Christmas Tree

December 4, 2007

Guschti was a farmer high up in the Swiss Alps. He had a hard life and money was always scarce, which is why he worked at many things to feed his wife and five children. It was December when people in the nearby town wanted Christmas trees and Guschti could earn extra money for presents […]

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