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Very clever and unique take on the topic. Love the lessons you taught through such odd gifts. I was especially blessed by the parents' praying together in the beginning - a model I would love to follow.
Love the fact that this couple opened their day with prayer; one gets the impression that this is a long-standing habit with them.

I was surprised that the teens yelled "Santa", and some of the dialogue seemed not quite realistic to me (a bit stilted).

These parents were creative and wise to give such great gifts with a lesson.
This was a very clever entry. I like your title, too:) Thank you for sharing!
Brilliant. At first I thought yet another symbolic story/parable, but then the boring dirt, wood and clay are developed into works of art. That really took me by surprise. Great example of showing us to take the gifts God gave us and develop them into maturity. I think the story would have been even stronger if the children were around seven years instead of teenagers. I can't see teenagers relating to Ho Ho Ho nor sleigh bells, nor shouting 'Santa'.
I'm kinda bummed the 'santa' thing did not come out right!

My intention was that the parents yelled 'santa' instead of the traditional 'uncle' when the teens ganged up on them.

Hope that clears up the confusion!
I love the couple praying before they even opened their eyes. Great message on using our gifts faithfully, and trusting God to turn them into beauty and good. An enjoyable read. And Thanks for your comment on my Church entry "When the Wind Blows"!! God Bless, Cat.