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A Christmas Story
The story goes that many years ago, a man punished his 5-year-old daughter for wasting a whole roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight.  He became very upset when he saw that the child wrapped and pasted the gold paper all over the box to decorate it.  
She had put the box under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." The father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty!

He spoke to her in a harsh manner: "Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?"

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said: "Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was full."

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is told that the father kept that gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems he would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as human beings have been given a golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and our LORD Jesus Christ whose Birthday we are celebrating. There is no more precious possession that anyone can hold but love.

Live well,
Laugh often,
Love much.

God bless you,
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