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It was only four days before Christmas.  The spirit of the season hadn't yet caught up with me, even though cars packed the parking lot of our local discount store. Inside the store, it was worse.  Shopping carts and last minute shoppers jammed the aisles.

Why did I come today?, I wondered.  My feet ached almost as much as my head. My list contain the names of several people who claimed they wanted nothing but I knew their feelings would be hurt if I didn't buy them anything.  Buying for someone who had everything and deploring the hight cost of item, I considered gift-buying anything but fun.

Hurriedly, I filled my shopping cart with last minute items and proceeded to the long checkout lines.  I picked the shortest but it looked as if it would mean at least a 20 minute wait.

In front of me were two small children - a boy of about 5 and a younger girl.  The boy wore a ragged coat.  Enormously large, tattered tennis shoes jutted far out of his much too short jeans.  He clutched several crumpled dollar bills in his grimy hands.  The girls clothing resembled her brother's.  Her head was a matted mass of curly hair.  Reminders of an evening meal showed on her small face.

She carried a beautiful pair of shiny, gold slippers.  As the Christmas music sounded in the store's stereo system, the girl hummed along, off-key but happily.

When we finally approached the checkout register, the girl carefully placed the shoes on the counter.  She treated them as though they were a treasure.

The clerk rang up the bill.  "That will be $6.09," she said.  The boy laid his crumpled dollars on the stand while he searched his pockets.  He finally came up with $3.12.

"I guess we will have to put them back," he bravely said.  "We will come back some other time, maybe tomorrow."

With that statement, a soft sob broke from the little girl.  "But Jesus would have loved these shoes," she cried.

"Well, we'll go home and work some more.  Don't cry.  We'll come back," he said.

Quickly I handed $3.00 to the cashier.  These children had waited in line for a long time and, after all, it was Christmas.  Suddenly a pair of arms came around me and a small voice said, "Thank you lady."

"What did you mean when you said Jesus would like the shoes?" I asked.  The boy answered, "Our Mommy is sick and going to Heaven.  Daddy said she might go before Christmas to be with Jesus."

The girl spoke, "My Sunday school teacher said the streets in Heaven are shiny gold, just like these shoes.  Won't Mommy be beautiful walking on those streets to match these shoes?"

My eyes flooded as I looked into her tear streaked face.  "Yes," I answered, "I am sure she will."  Silently, I thanked God for using these children to remind me of the True Spirit of Giving!

Away In A Manger

Time To Trim The Tree

In Times Like These

Teach Me To Pray

Home For Christmas

Letters From Home

Our Magic Tree

One Cool Yule

Helpful Holiday Diet Tips


1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories

2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out

3. If you eat standing up, it doesn't count!

4. STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards

5. If you eat the food off someone else's plate, it doesn't count

6, Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage cause calorie leakage

7. Food used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes: any chocolate used for energy, brandy, cheesecake, and Haagen-Daz Ice Cream

8. When eating with someone else, calories don't count if you both eat the same amount

9. Movie-related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one's personal fuel. This includes: Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers, and Gummi Bears.

Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter just until moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls on to lightly greased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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