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December 2013 Blog Posts (12)

HOPE LOVE HUGS

Here’s a selection of 25 short stories recently submitted to our sister site, Makes Me Think, that not only made us think, but made us smile too. We hope they do the same for you. Enjoy.

Today, my son turned 7 and I turned 23. Yes, I had him on the day I turned 16. The choices I…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 26, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

An Incredible Feeling

By Steve Goodier www.LifeSupportSystem.com

An Incredible Feeling

Newscaster Paul Harvey once told about a woman who called the Butterball Turkey Company and said that she had a turkey that had been in her freezer for 23 years. She asked if it was still any good. She was told that if her freezer was at least zero degrees Fahrenheit, then the turkey was probably safe enough to eat. But they wouldn’t recommend that she eat it. The…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 23, 2013 at 2:19pm — No Comments

A CHRISTMAS STORY

A Christmas Story

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so.

It all began because my…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 21, 2013 at 4:32pm — No Comments

KEEPING CHRISTMAS

There is a better way to observe Christmas Day,

and that is Keeping Christmas.

Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people

and remember what other people have done for you?

To ignore what the world owes you,

and think what you owe the world?

To admit that the…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 16, 2013 at 8:23am — No Comments

SARAH'S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

Three years ago, a little boy and his grandmother came to see Santa at the McAllister Mall in Saint John. The child climbed up on his lap, holding a picture of a little girl.

Who is this?" asked Santa, smiling. "Your friend?

"Yes, Santa,' he replied. "My sister, Sarah, who is very sick," he said sadly.

Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby, and saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue. "She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much, Santa!"…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 14, 2013 at 8:25am — No Comments

A SOLDIERS CHRISTMAS NIGHT

A Soldiers Christmas Night...‘Twas the night before Christmas, and he lived all alone

In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney with presents to give

And to see just whom in this home did live.

I looked all about and a strange sight did I see

No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by the mantle, just boots filled with sand

On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges,…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 11, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

THE LEGEND OF THE MISTLETOE

Mistletoe

Also known as the golden bough, mistletoe was held sacred by both the Celtic Druids and the Norseman.

Celts believed this parasitic plant held the soul of the host tree, the holy oak. In a special ceremony, the Druid priests would harvest it with a golden sickle making sure it never touched the…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 9, 2013 at 8:39am — No Comments

THE LEGEND OF THE POINTSETTIA

These beautiful flowers are native to Mexico, and it is from this country that we we learn the legend of the first…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 7, 2013 at 8:31am — No Comments

THE LEGEND OF THE CACTUS

Legend of the Cactus - Argentina

It was said that Quehualliu was the most handsome Indian of the tribe. He was always picking up flowers for Pasancana, the beautiful daughter of the chief. Together they learned how to walk and to play. They played in the most beautiful places of the mountain.

One day…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 7, 2013 at 6:33am — 1 Comment

THE LEGEND OF THE CANDY CANE

While many Christmas traditions have pagan origins, this secular little Christmas goody is steeped in Christian symbolism. According to legend, a candymaker wanted to make a confection to honor Christ's birth. It had to be hard candy to represent the church being built on solid rock. Because Jesus is known as the…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 6, 2013 at 4:12am — No Comments

THE LEGEND OF THE IVY

Holly

The reverence for holly is believed to have originated with the Druids whom some say wore sprigs of the plant in their hair as they went into the ancient oak groves to obtain their sacred mistletoe. In Rome, holly was a sacred plant of the god, Saturn, and during the winter feast of Saturnalia, Romans…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 5, 2013 at 11:14am — No Comments

RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS JOY

4 cups of Love

1 cup of Special Holiday Cheer

1/2 cup of Peace on Earth

3 teaspoons of Christmas Spirits

2 cups of Goodwill Towards Men

1 Sprig of Mistletoe

1 medium size bag of Christmas Snowflakes Mix Hugs,

Kisses, Smiles, and Love until consistent.

Blend in…

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Added by Carol Anne Paradis on December 1, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

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