The 12 days of Christmas: Day 11

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The 12 days of Christmas: Day 11

Happy 11th day of Christmas! Today is day 11 of our 12 days of Christmas.  Only one more day!! Christmas eve is almost here.  Make some cookies today for Santa!

Treat/gift idea: matchbox car

Story:

A
Brother Like That

A friend of mine named Paul
received a new car from his brother as a pre-Christmas present. On Christmas
Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the
shiny new car, admiring it.

“Is this your car, Mister?” he
asked.

Paul nodded, “My brother gave it to
me for Christmas.”

The boy looked astounded. “You mean
your brother gave it to you, and it didn’t cost you anything? Gosh I wish…”

He hesitated, and Paul knew what he
was going to wish. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what he
said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.

“I wish,” the boy went on, “that I
could be a brother like that.”

Paul looked at the boy in
astonishment, then impulsively added, “Would you like a ride in my new car?”

“Oh, yes, I’d love that!”

After a short ride the urchin
turned, and with his eyes aglow said, “Mister, would you mind driving in front
of my house?”

Paul smiled a little. He thought he
knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride
home in a fancy automobile. But Paul was wrong again.

“Will you stop right where those
steps are?” the boy asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little while, Paul
heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little
polio-crippled brother. He sat down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed
up right against him and pointed to the car.

“There she is, Buddy, just like I told
you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn’t cost him a
penny. Someday I’m gonna give you one just like it. Then you can see for
yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I’ve been trying
to tell you about.

Paul got out and lifted the little
lad into the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in
beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Paul learned
what Jesus meant when He said, “It is more blessed to give…”

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