Christmas stories that I hope you like. They are a few that I have collected over the years that I really like. You might find some are a little strange.
CHRISTMAS ANGEL STORY -
"The Magic Letter"
by Dean Kiser.
A TRUE STORY By the age of four, Roger Dean Kiser had been abandoned, first by his parents and then his grandparents and placed in a Florida orphanage. Unable to adapt to the difficult, often cruel and abusive environment of the orphanage, and stigmatized by his repeated attempts to run away, he was transferred to a Florida reform school at age twelve. Roger's poignant recollections of his painful childhood experiences will take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family and abused by the system responsible for his care. Now an adult, Roger Dean Kiser writes about his childhood along with his current day tales. A real-life Tom Sawyer, Roger's stories find a common ground in each of us. Roger Dean Kiser is a simple man with only a sixth grade education yet he possesses a wonderful ability, storytelling.
I did include the complete story in my site here, but I also wanted you to go to the author's Web Site The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser
A MOST UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS EVE
(The story of a little boy named David)
Charles Ernest Knowles
Theresa Knowles Collins
Story and Illustrations:
Copyrighted in 1995 by Charles Ernest Knowles. All Rights Reserved©
No part of this story may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the author. ISBN 0-9645277-0-7
You may read this Christmas story here http://www4.ncsu.edu/~ceknowle/xmas.html
The real story of the Christmas angels
December 24, 2012 by
By: Joel J. Miller
Luke tells us that on the night Jesus was born, shepherds near Bethlehem were watching their sheep. Suddenly, an angel appeared before them — radiant, shockingly luminescent, and bright. Awash in the otherworldly light, the glory of God pooling around them, the shepherds were terrified.
“Do not be afraid,” said the angel, “for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” .
After telling them how they would recognize the infant Christ, the angel was joined by “a multitude of the heavenly host” (v. 13). If one angel was bright, how about a multitude? The initial flash must have been like an explosion, but the sound of the glorious blast was song:
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
We focus for obvious reasons on what the news meant and means for people. But we should know that the glad tidings were good for angels too. They weren’t just praising God for the benefit of the shepherds or even us. As I discovered while researching my book Lifted by Angels, they were also praising God for reasons of their own.
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI
"The Gift of the Magi"
written by William Sydney Porter
Under the pen name O Henry
The story was initially published in The New York Sunday World with the title "Gifts of the Magi" on December 10, 1905. It was allegedly written in a booth at "Pete's Tavern" on Irving Place in New York city.
This is a sentimental story with a surprise ending that demonstrates a moral lesson about gift-giving,
It is a Christmas Story about love. How a young married couple, so in love, are able to give each other a most Precious Christmas Gift when they both are so very broke. Penniless!
They do discover the perfect gift for each other.
Christmas Story Spider Legends
These legends come from Eastern European folktale which explains the origin of tinsel on Christmas trees. It is most prevalent in Ukraine where small ornaments in the shape of a spider are traditionally a part of the Christmas tree decorations.
In addition, there are many different folk legends dealing with Christmas Spiders that come from the Ukraine and/or Germany.
In Germany, it seems there are many variations on the tale depending on the religious preference of the person telling the story. However, in all cases the association with spider webs and Christmas/Yule tree tinsels seems apparent.