Christmas Short Story

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It’s that time of year when I wax nostalgic and break into the old photos of long ago.

Reminiscent of the Polar express I would set the train under the tree. Often I would find my sweet daughter laying on her tummy just watching the twinkling lights. (heck who wouldn’t choose that option — when your older brothers were just in the next room sucker punching one another.)

Tradition in my home was the nightly reading of short stories, throughout the month of December. I miss those tender moments…

Sooo in  the spirit of good things gone by I thought I would choose some of my most favorite  and share them with you for the next couple of weeks.

Be prepared… they will tug at your heart– so break out the box of Kleenex and enjoy!

Shell gift

The Gift

The African boy listened carefully as the teacher explained why it is that Christians give presents to each other on Christmas day. “The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship of each other.” she said.

When Christmas day came, the boy brought the teacher a sea shell of lustrous beauty. “Where did you ever find such a beautiful shell?” the teacher asked as she gently fingered the gift.

The youth told her that there was only one spot where such extroaodinary shells could be found. When he named the place, a certain bay several miles away, the teacher was left speechless.

“Why…why, it’s gorgeous… wonderful, but you shouldn’t have gone all that way to get a gift for me.”

His eyes brightening, the boy answered, “Long walk part of gift.”

By Gerald Horton Bath

Please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound  and the gang as celebrate Pink – or tones of pink — RED for this fun month.

Tree trim

Enjoy the precious season…

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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December 5, 2009 at 12:43 am | christmas | 20 comments


20 responses to “Christmas Short Story”

  1. Mimi says:

    On this first Saturday of December ♥Jappy Pink Saturday♥. I was away for a while and sure missed running around the blogs arnd seeing all of the goodies everyone was sharing.

    Thanks for the memory…

    It was a blessing for you to make my morning so much fun. Hoping that you and those you care about spend a wonderful weekend making memories that will last a lifetime☺

  2. What a beautiful little story. I remember my mother reading stories to us all year round but I especially loved the ones at Christmas.
    Christi @ A Southern Life

  3. ginger says:

    Thanks for inviting me over.  Love all your beautiful photography and your Christmas story.  Just beautiful.


  4. Thanks for sharing such a sweet story! 


  5. maia says:

    What a beautiful post. I enjoyed reading your story with the boy’s gift and watching the lovely Christmas photos.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend.

  6. LuLu Kellogg says:

    What a lovely story!
    Happy Holidays!

  7. Happy PiNk to you, Claudia
    What a lovely story and such grand memories. I’ve woke up to winter wonderland here in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains! How beautiful it is…I’ll be posting some pictures in a little bit. :0)
    The glow of the temple is spiritual to say the least! Just beautiful.
    Do drop by for a visit when you get a moment!
    Scatter Bliss,

  8. CC says:

    Such a wonderful story..the little one understood the true meaning of giving. Thank you for sharing..and happy Pinks.

  9. Sissie says:

    I am so happy that  you came by to visit my Pink Saturday Post and I so appreciate your sweet comment.
    I love your story and I’m looking forward to hearing some more.  That’s a great family tradition of reading a Christmas story to the family every night.  I remember my Mother reading to me at bedtime and I cherish those memories.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Sheila says:

    Claudia, this is just beautiful!  Loved reading this.  I looked for your followers button, but don’t see it.  You had mentioned wanting to follow me, and you can do that by clicking on the word follow on the top of the header bar.  You have to be logged into blogger to do that.

    I don’t twitter, so I’m not sure how to follow???



  11. That is a sweet story.  Thank you for sharing!  Your daughter reminds me of me!  I had four brothers who thought it was fun to punch one another!  Yikes!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  12. Claudia says:

    I love that story, Claudia. Perfect for Christmas and the gift of giving. Thank you. Happy Pink Saturday!

  13. Claudia, your photos and story are beautiful. Perfect for this time of year and throughtout as well. Thank you for stopping by. I always love your visit and sweet comments. hugs ~lynne~

  14. Mollye Self says:

    Beautiful Claudia, truly lovely. Mollye

  15. Charlene says:

    Wonderful story!!!!!!!  And I love the photo of your daughter under the tree.  Magical.  The wonder of Christmas through the eyes of a child is so precious.   Merry Christmas!  Charlene

  16. Deirdra Doan says:

    Such a beautiful story. Reminds me of our Russian friend. He does quiet things like that with wise words.
    I am not sure I understand your blog. You are a books store?
    I cam from Bella Dreams for the Christmas party. I think your photo’s are so Christmasy. Where do you live that has snow?

  17. Karen Cox says:

    What a beautiful story, I think that this time of year is a wonderful time to share stories that warm the heart.  We awoke to a beautiful first snow making everything look like a winter wonderland.
    Love photographs, are these your children?

  18. Mary says:

    Oh, my, Claudia. You did warn me, but I wasn’t prepared to see how moving a single paragraph can be. Thank you so much for sharing this small story with us. It is packed with a very large lesson. Blessings…Mary

  19. char says:

    I must confess that I read and reread this sweet story. Some people are born with the gift of writing, this story was beautiful and somehow so full of hope and love. HappyPink Saturday Claudia and thankyou, Char

  20. Beverly says:

    Claudia, this is a beautiful post.  Your photos are lovely.  Your daughter watching the train reminds me of how I always have loved to sit and look at the lights on the tree.
    And, the gift of the shell is perfection.
    Happy Pink Saturday.

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