Archive for the ‘stories for Christmas’ Category

Am Looking for heartwarming Christmas stories?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Would you please help me find short stories suitable to be read in church?

This site has really good stories:

Hope this helps..Merry Christmas!

Soldier Surprises His 3 Children Just in Time for Christmas 2011

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 – Military homecoming videos, pictures & stories!

“My husband had been stationed in Afghanistan since July of 2011. He is a member of the Army Reserve as well as a police officer for Tampa Police Department. His leave was right before last Christmas and the kids had no idea he was coming home. My son would sit in his bed at night and cry about how he just wanted daddy to be home for Christmas… and it broke my heart not to be able to tell him, but the surprise was well worth it! We had a great time, and daddy will be home for good this July!”

-Danyelle M.

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A Christmas Story

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Ralphie has no time for morons

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The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Dr. Seuss, a beloved children’s writer and illustrator, has an impressive collection of rarely-seen art.

Most people know who Dr. Seuss is. They have read his stories, appreciated his humor and passed books on from generation to generation. But how much do you really know about this gifted man? Was he really a doctor? Where does the name Seuss come from? What was his inspiration for his unmistakable style? Many people do not realize that Dr. Seuss illustrated his own books and are still blown away by his ability to take the imagination to soaring new heights through his clever rhyme and fantastical stories. What else was the Dr. up to?

During his lifetime ,Theodor Seuss Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, lived on both east and west coasts, spent time at Oxford in the UK, traveled extensively throughout the world, and even helped the U.S. Army create instructional cartoons for troops during WWII. He began his life in Springfield Massachusetts and his interest in cartooning and humor developed there from visits to the local zoo and from observing the characters that he saw all around him. The first children’s book that Geisel published was titled “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street,” which was actually the main street in his hometown. His first book was published in 1937, twenty years before he became universally known for “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and Geisel continued to publish until his death in 1991.

Seuss’s books delighted while he was alive and since his death, his Secret Art Collection has enchanted the public. The Secret Art Collection of Dr. Seuss is so called because the originals paintings, drawings, and sculptures were Ted Geisel’s private collection of artwork which he never showed to the public. Only after his death did his wife Audrey reveal to the world the grown-up side of the art of Dr. Seuss. The collection is shown in Audrey’s book “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. Many of these fanciful, kooky images have been reproduced as high quality limited editions, which are available to purchase. Over 60 years of painting for his own enjoyment gives us paintings such as “The Cat from the Wrong Side of the Tracks,” and “Indistinct Cat with Cigar,” and really show a darker, more grown-up side to Seuss’s humor. He pokes fun at those too attached to their economic situation or those trying too hard to keep up with the Joneses in “The Economic Situation Clarified” and “My Petunia Can Lick Your Geranium.” Yet other paintings demonstrate his artistic ability in simple compositions with stunning clarity.

The Unorthodox Taxidermy Collection is really the most unexpected part of his Secret Art Collection. The original three-dimensional animal heads incorporate horns, beaks, and fur from known animals to create never-before seen, fantastical creatures, such as the “Goo-goo Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast” or the “Blue Green Abelard.” All the wall sculptures have been reproduced as hand-painted resin pieces, and all are very limited in number. The expressions on these humorous beasts illustrate Geisel’s ability to impart personality to even the strangest of subjects and make them much loved additions to any home. Instead of a moose, hang a Seuss!

For the true fan, the most comprehensive collection of Seuss art in the country is on permanent display at ART on 5th Gallery in Austin, Texas. Visit their website <a href=””></a> to start your collection.The gallery has carried the collection since its inception over ten years ago and has become an indispensable resource for the serious collector or for those just discovering that there is more to the good Dr. than they knew…and no, he never received a Ph. D. The “Dr.” in his pen name is an acknowledgment of his father’s unfulfilled hopes that Geisel would earn a doctorate. Geisel felt that his talents lie elsewhere and the world is thankful that he followed the fascinating path the he did. And “Seuss” was his mother’s maiden name.

Daniel Smith

I’m looking for a book containing a collection of Christmas Stories.?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The book is quite old. I can only remember 2 of the stories in it: The Christmas Spider and The Little Match Girl. I’m looking for the title of the book. Thank you very much in advance.
I can only find these stories at this source, safe link above, separately, and the old version (but only from 1980) of…
…"The Christmas Spider" is included in a book along with this subtitle: "A Puppet Play from Poland and Other …Games, Crafts and Activities" by Loretta with drawings by Holz and Mikolayack.

There are other "The Christmas Spider"-s, such as another that I couldn’t look through by Naomi G. Martinez-Goldstein (it’s newer), and a similar…
…"How the Spider Saved Christmas" by Robert Kraus (from 1970).

The book I looked through most thoroughly is the collection by Hans Christian Andersen, since you know he wrote "The Little Matchstick Girl" – at Amazon there’s a collection of his work called…
…"Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories" with a forward by Virginia Haviland and also authored by E. C. Haugaard and Erik Christian (whom I assume are translators).

There are also books about Christmas traditions around the world that came up under the spider title, such as…
…"The Legend of the Christmas Spider: A Wondrous Tale (A Magical Tale from Finland) by Nancy Valois -translated by H.P. Paull (but from ’01, at least that edition) and…
…"Christmas Customs from Around the World" by Wernecke, ’59.
ADD: I wouldn’t consider many of these "quite old." [I guess I am though.] End ADD

Suggest you do next these things (if you first check out Amazon):

Call the main branch of your public library and ask the reference librarian about it.

Call (or go online and search) Borders and Barnes and Noble about it…
…though if it were me, I’d put my money on the reference librarian, who has more search tools and much more schooling regarding such questions. and

Valentine S Day

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ‘christianize’ celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

The boys then sliced the goat’s hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D. The Roman ‘lottery’ system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February — Valentine’s Day — should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”.

Rana Asif

Paul Harvey, The Man and The Birds.wmv

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

A great story about what really happens during Christmas!

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Writing For Free Pays!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

I am pleased to announce that because of the existence of the American Chronicle, and the kind tolerance of its editorial staff, particularly Peter who has had to endure a lot regarding yours truly, I have been noticed by a travel guide publisher. Because I was permitted to send in article after article to this online publication, I am able to take on some bigger, paid gigs.

The way this works is that you write, a lot, and send your stuff into the American Chronicle for no pay. Hopefully, you write something that people actually want to read and, on occasion, respond to. The guys and gals at the mysterious editorial offices of the Chronicle, if you are lucky, approve your articles and put them on their web page. Though you aren’t making money in the traditional sense, you are getting exposure. You can even mention that you have written a book or two and that you would appreciate it if lots of people buy many copies for Christmas presents.

Lo and behold, when I wasn’t even looking, a travel guide publisher wrote me and asked for samples of my writing and my resume. Of course, I did what they asked pronto! I also asked which butt-cheek I should kiss. Not really, but I felt like it.

This travel guide publisher responded. After swooning to the floor and picking myself up, I read that not only were they interested in me as a contract writer but they also want to publish one of my articles in an anthology they have coming out later this spring.

After a lot of excitement-caused sleepless nights and a lot of alcoholic beverages, I was finally able to reflect on how this has all come to be. I thought I would offer some words of advice to other aspiring writers.

First, write, write, and write some more. What I mean is, write something publishable every day. Write as though you have a daily column to get out by a deadline. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to get it published daily. The point here is that you need to produce a lot of material. And, it needs to be publishable. Make sure it is your best stuff.

Second, in this daily writing, be sure to address your niche. I write about Mexico almost exclusively because that is where I live and what I know. I write what I know and what I want to write about—life in Mexico.

Third, find a place like the American Chronicle to file your stories. Make sure, if the online publication allows you to post key words, you choose key words that you think someone will look for within your niche. For example, with almost every story I file, I put the words, “Mexico, Guanajuato, expatriation to Mexico, travel to Mexico, etc…” or some variation as the key words.

Fourth, if you are permitted to post personal info, a bio or your web page, then do so. You want your biographical information out there. You also want to have words in your bio that correspond to the key words in your stories.

Fifth, do not ever offend your editors. Do not be a cry-baby. Do not pitch fits. Do not think of yourself as a prima donna. There are enough of them in the world. Frankly, they are not well loved. In fact, do what your editors say. Always follow their suggestions, especially when they tell you to straighten up your act and fly right. I add, reluctantly, that I know this point from personal experience.

Though none of this is guaranteed to land you a paying gig, it can be the means through which you get discovered. The more stories you can file, with lots and lots of good key words, the better your chances of getting noticed.

I will keep all my readers on the Chronicle informed as to the progress of my new writing venue. I will continue to crank out the stuff that many of you apparently like reading.

I want to thanks the Chronicle, Peter, and all those readers who have actually read my work.

And, be sure to buy my books, lots of them, for Christmas presents this year.

Douglas Bower

Soldier Surprises Wife Just in Time for Christmas

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 – Military reunion videos, pictures & stories!

My cousin, Angela has been without her husband, Mark, for six months! He was not scheduled to come home from Iraq until January. He surprised Angela at a family Christmas party December 18th 2009, just in time for Christmas!!! So sweet.

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A Garrys Mod Christmas Story 2 – Part 1

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Christmas time and we gather up to prepare for Christmas :)
Everything so fine and festive… i hope.

I got some help from my friend CrimsonCombine, mostly with ideas and voice acting.
CrimsonCombines Channel:

Yes i know it’s late for a Christmas Movie.
But i could not make it in time, reasons being a crashing Garry’s Mod, much to do at home and the fact that i started making this a little too late.

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