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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)

TITLE: Memories That Last
By Louise Ross
11/13/08


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I awoke to my daughter anxiously awaiting to decorate the Christmas tree, which was our tradition the week before Thanksgiving. We ate a quick breakfast, and off we went to open the boxes. Clad in our pajamas, we sat around the mound of boxes on the living room floor. This would be a difficult Holiday Season, as my mother had passed away just three months before. Christmas was her favorite holiday. It didn't matter that she didn't have lots of money; she made ever Christmas magical with her home baked goods and stories of holidays past. We'd hang on her every word.
First came out the string of lights, which we carefully laid out until the tree was set up. Then the tinsel. Mom's favorite decoration was the tinsel. You didn't put it on a in an orderly fashion. She threw it onto the branches and taught us that where it landed was exactly where it was suppose to be. Under the tinsel was a box of hanging decorations of santas, reindeer and angels. While my daughter looked through them, I noticed an evelope in one of the boxes. I carefully opened and to see a beautiful angel of glitter looking down on Baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph on each side. It was from Mom, a card she had given me the last Christmas before I left home.
Inside the card was a loving note from Mom which read, "As the angel looks over Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, my eyes are always looking out for you. No matter where you are, near or far, remember, there is ONE who will always be looking out for us. One day you will be have a family of your own and I pray it will always be magical at Christmas." I smiled as I imagined how wonderful that Mom would be spending this Christmas with Jesus. Somehow it lifted my spirits to know that even though she would not be with us, she would be having the most amazing Christmas of all.
I looked at my daughter, all smiles and chatter, as she took out each ornament and looked it over. We set them all out in prepartion for the tree. I gave her a hug and handed her the card I had written for her the night before. She opened it up and read it aloud. "My dear little one, may this be a magical Christmas. As the angel on this card looks over Baby Jesus and His family, I will be looking out for you. No matter how far or near we are that same Baby Jesus will be looking out for both of us.
After the tree was set up we decorated it with all the boxes of decorations gone by. The final touch was handfuls of tinsels. With each bunch thrown, it landed just where it was suppose to be, and sparkled like a million stars above. I was sure Mom was smiling from above as she watched us make one more magical Christmas.


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