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Christmas Quiz Contest

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Christmas Quiz Contest

One evening last week, I was sitting on the old rocker, delicate, hand-knitted afghan (not my clumsy fingers, but somebody with talent and an eye for tasteful design) tucked over my denimed lap, wondering why somebody hasn’t invented marshmallows for diabetic cocoa, digging on the whole bein’ a Granny thing, John Lennon quietly musing in the background “…so this is Christmas…”; kitty purring on one arthritic knee, grand daughter, Lexie, perched on the other.

Random flurries of snow passed by our window, reflecting the glow from nearby holiday house lights; such a gentle, peaceful Hallmark moment, this genuine “Tender Tennessee Christmas” about which our friend and neighbor Amy Grant so beautifully sings.

“This is so way cool,” I thought to myself. ”Wouldn’t this be just the perfect time to read Lexie Christmas in the Barn or Olive the Orphan Reindeer or maybe even Why the Chimes Rang.

Pulling out a dingy storybook from my own distant childhood and settling the bifocals firmly atop my nose, I shooed the cat down and cuddled Lexie closer. “There was once in a faraway country…”

That’s as far as I got before the Horrible Childe demanded a very serious discussion about all this Christmas stuff she’s been seeing and hearing at her nursery school and while on play dates, a veritable potpourri of religious and secular, apples and oranges, champagne and Koolaid.

“How come Santa lives in the North Pole, Nana? Who tells him who’s naughty or nice? Was Jesus ever naughty? What happens to kids who live in houses without chimleys? If the three wise men were so smart, how come they had to follow a star to find baby Jesus? Didn’t they have a Tom-Tom? Why did they give a little baby gold and Frankenstein, and who was Merv? What if Jesus wanted a pony; could he write to Santa? Does Santa read all his mail? Nana, what happens to kids like me who can’t spell too good? How come candy canes are red and green? Did Mary really put a letter “M” on a kitty cat’s head ’cause it kept baby Jesus warm? What about kids who don’t know about Jesus? Why does egg nog taste like you forgot to cook the eggs? How come YOUR egg nog tastes different from mine, Nana?” the little girl babbled.

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3:57PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

thank you janet for having been the warm wonderful person that you were.

we miss you.

11:37AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Thanks!~

11:37AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Thanks!~

2:33PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

it's been almost two years since dear janet left us.

please keep her stories alive. thank you.

8:25AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

I will still hang Santa's stuff doll this Christmas!

7:08PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

blessings to all for keeping janet's stories alive here on care2.

she was a beautiflul spirit.

7:41AM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

Santa is an acronym standing for
Secret
Alliance
of
Nocturnal
Toy
Allocators
It a co-op of ethnic gift bringers united to a growing .more diverse, and ever expanding population.Their talents combine to over come any obstacle that might come up, such as no chimneys and children who celebrate holidays other than Christmas.

2:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2010

Nice story

3:21PM PST on Mar 13, 2010

Read this!

4:57PM PST on Feb 14, 2010

Great story-enjoyed reading very much...thanks!

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