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Red Envelope, The (by: Nancy N. Rue)
Slice. Scoop. Plop. I don't feel like doing this. Slice. Scoop. Plop. I don't want to do this. I don't want to shop . . . Slice. Scoop. Plop. I don't want to decorate. I just want to skip it . . . Slice. Scoop. Plop. And pretend I didn't notice this year.
Roses for a Dime (by: Author Unknown)
Bobby was getting cold sitting out in his back yard in the snow. Bobby didn't wear boots; he didn't like them and anyway he didn't own any. The thin sneakers he wore had a few holes in them and they did a poor job of keeping out the cold.
Shopping for Love (by: Author Unknown)
I am flat broke from overspending at Christmas time. But I need to go shopping again soon because I am completely out of self-respect. I've said things I wish I could take back and I am not feeling too good about myself.
Sold Out for Days (by: Mark Hoffman)
This is a true story. It took place on December 6, 1998. It happened at our local Service Merchandise story outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Strange and Different (by: Author Unknown)
On a December night in Chicago, a little girl climbed onto her father's lap and asked a question. It was a simple question, asked in children's curiosity, yet it had a heart-rending effect on Robert May.
Tommy Gheesling (by: Cheryl Norwood)
I work at the downtown church in our small town. A young man named Tommy Gheesling wanders in from time to time. I do not know the nature of his disability, whether brain damage from an accident or a stroke, but he struggles to talk and walk. Yet he is always doing something for someone else.
Two Babes in a Manger (by: Author Unknown)
In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage.
Warm Wool Blanket, A (by: Cathy Richards)
At the age of 82, my mother went to heaven on May 22 of this year. For all my 47 years, I spent Christmas with Mom back in our hometown in upstate New York, even the last nine while I've been a California resident.
What Goes Around (by: Dan Strickland)
This is a true story that happen to me about four years ago. It was the first Sunday in December and we were in our Sunday School to learn about a family that had been referred from social services that was in real need of clothes and food.
What Goes Around (2) (by: Natalie Wright)
We took a vacation trip to Florida right at Thanksgiving. In fact we were traveling on the big day. We stopped for dinner at a restaurant. While we were eating a man came in who was dressed very poorly and sat at down at the counter. He ordered coffee and nothing else.
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