Merry Christmas.......Now get with the program

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  1. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    Just something to get all you scrooges in the Christmas spirit. The kind of Christmas spirit we all enjoyed as kids.

    If there's anyone out there that doesn't like me saying Merry Christmas, just keep it to yourself. I ain't interested.

    Now on with a story I just recieved in an email.


    Adventure With Grandma

    I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

    My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her world-famous
    cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had
    to be true.

    Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus!" she snorted. "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat,
    and let's go."

    "Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous, cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

    I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten- dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

    I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in
    Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out for recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough, and he didn't have a coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would
    buy Bobby Decker a coat!

    I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that. "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes," I replied shyly. "It's .... for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas.

    That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it -- Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy.

    Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa's helpers.

    Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

    I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

    Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: Ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we
    were on his team.

    I still have the Bible, with the tag tucked inside: $19.95.

    He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.
     
  2. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Thanks Bob,

    That was a wonderful story, and Yes, Santa lives on....
     

  3. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thank You Bob,and Merry Christmas to You My Friend. J.D.
     
  4. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Bobpaul!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours,
    Cheryl
     
  5. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Bob that was a very touching story.Thank you for sharing it. And yes there is a little bit of Santa in all of us.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
     
  6. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Well Merry Christmas to you to bob and you are so right about finding Christmas under the tree. You have to find it other places first.
     
  7. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Merry christmas to you too that was a very moving story thanks
     
  8. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Sir you are so kind for posting such a tender and lovely story! Thank you for posting! You are a wonderful Man.:big_smile:
     
  9. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Thanks for sharing, that was a great story brother. Merry Christmas to you ,and yours.
     
  10. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    That was a great story and SANTA should live in each and everyone of us
     
  11. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    Wonderful story Bob, thank you.
    Merry Christmas everyone.
     
  12. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Now that's a good story.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas to all.
     
  13. shania

    shania New Member

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    "Merry Christmas to you as well Bob & thanks for sharing that story Buddy"! :byebye:

    "Happy holiday all",
    Bert:cool2: & Shaina:0010:

    :worship: :0a23:
    Bert & Phil
     
  14. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Bob, You old softy!!!! That was a great post!!! Thank you for sharing!!
     
  15. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    I'm sure pleased you all are enjoying this story.

    It's way cheaper than sending out Christmas Cards:lol:
     
  16. SHARON FLEMING

    SHARON FLEMING New Member

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    What a neat story thanks for the post. Happy Holidays to you and yours
    Sharon
     
  17. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

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    Thanks for sharing the story. Merry Christmas to you and your Family.
     
  18. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Thanks Bob paul great story:smile2:
     
  19. heavyduty

    heavyduty New Member

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    Wonderful story! Merry Christmas!
     
  20. TomV

    TomV New Member

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    Thanks Bob, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.