Gertie – Christmas Story

“Oh my!” exclaimed Gertie, jumping up and down for joy. “I am so excited to spend the holidays here at the Christmas Building. “I don’t normally go anywhere during the holidays. This is going to be such a treat!”

“Well,” said Lost Christmas Tree, laughing at how enthusiast Gertie was. “It is nice to have you here. I am having a problem with Christmas this year. I have purchased Christmas gifts for all the residents of the Christmas Building. However, I don’t feel right about handing them out. I don’t think some of the Storyland characters know what the meaning of Christmas is and I don’t think they have done any good deeds this past year. What does Christmas mean to you? What good deed have you done this year?”

“To me, at my age, Christmas means hope,” said Gertie. “It means that I hope I will live to see another Christmas. Even though I normally spend Christmas alone in my small apartment, I enjoy putting up my decorations, setting up my Christmas tree and cooking my Christmas dinner. I am just like a kid on Christmas morning. I get so excited!”

“What good deed have you done this past year?” asked Lost Christmas Tree.

┬áSo, you may or may not know, that I don’t get out much,” said Gertie. “Except for when the Calgary Stampede is on. That is the only time I feel comfortable being in a crowd of people. I guess it is because I can let my hair down. All the rest of the year, I have plenty of spare time on my hands so, I have been knitting hats, scarves and mittens for the homeless. I figure it gives them warmth and gives them hope that they will make it through another winter.”

“Oh my!” exclaimed Lost Christmas Tree, with tears running down his branches. “That is such a beautiful story. Merry Christmas!”

Lost Christmas Tree handed Gertie her Christmas gift. She took out a handkerchief and wiped Lost Christmas Trees tears away.

“I don’t want to see you short out,” said Gertie, smiling. “Merry Christmas!”


 

Moral of this Story:

  • Even someone who is shut in for most of the year can still do a good deed for others.
  • Example: Gertie knits hats, scarves and mittens for the homeless.

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