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    Dec242011

    Christmas: A Time for Stories

    Christmas is a great time for storytellers. Each of us has a collection of holiday tales that we’ve gathered through the years. We’d like to recommend two stories (and some ways to preserve your own stories) to you:

    The first is posted on the blog of a gentleman named Peter McFadden. Titled simply a Christmas Story this true story is a real life “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The story begins:

    It was one of the worst times of my life. My non-profit organization, which I had founded three years earlier, was near bankrupt. Soon I would have to fire my employees, many of whom had become my good friends. The little money I had left was barely enough to feed myself. And it was Christmas.

    And then something extraordinary happened. I call it “a Christmas story.”

    Read the rest on Peter McFadden.com. I think you’ll enjoy it.

    The second story, titled “True Christmas Story – A Virtual Barn Raising” appears on Squidoo. Here’s the introduction:

    A woman, with the login id of Tinkerbell, posted on a forum about internet marketing saying that she was losing her home. She did not ask for any financial help, just for people's prayers. But some other folks on the forum posted a call to others to raise the $7000 this woman needs by Christmas, so that she and her husband and six kids can stay in their home.

    It occurred to me that this is almost a virtual barn raising - though we are attempting to save a home, not raise a barn. But the analogy fits in that together we can do in a short amount of time, what one person or family could not.

    Read the rest of this remarkable story, ”Saving Tinkerbell’s Home” on Squidoo.

    We hope you’ll take some time for stories of your own. The site ChristmasCustoms.net offers some triggers to get people started telling humorous stories and a sample or two.

    Finally check out The Armchair Genealogist’s suggestions for “Journaling Your Christmas Memories.”

    Merry Christmas to you and your family from our family at Stories To Tell.

    Read the rest on Peter McFadden.com. I think you’ll enjoy it.

    The second story, titled “True Christmas Story – A Virtual Barn Raising” appears on Squidoo. Here’s the introduction:

    A woman, with the login id of Tinkerbell, posted on a forum about internet marketing saying that she was losing her home. She did not ask for any financial help, just for people's prayers. But some other folks on the forum posted a call to others to raise the $7000 this woman needs by Christmas, so that she and her husband and six kids can stay in their home.

    It occurred to me that this is almost a virtual barn raising - though we are attempting to save a home, not raise a barn. But the analogy fits in that together we can do in a short amount of time, what one person or family could not.

    Read the rest of this remarkable story, ”Saving Tinkerbell’s Home” on Squidoo.

    We hope you’ll take some time for stories of your own. The site ChristmasCustoms.net offers some triggers to get people started telling humorous stories and a sample or two.

    Finally check out The Armchair Genealogist’s suggestions for “Journaling Your Christmas Memories.”

    Merry Christmas to you and your family from our family at Stories To Tell.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Thank you for the great reminders, Biff - and Nancy.
    I've been writing "Sharing Memories Sunday" blog posts. The comments I've gotten from my grown daughters have been gratifying, and keep me going. One day, there will be a book there. Keep up the good work.
    Merry Christmas! ;-)

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:43AM | Unregistered CommenterDr. Bill (William L.) Smith

    Thanks, Dr. Bill! Merry Christmas to you.
    Nancy and Biff Barnes

    Dec 25, 2011 at 6:30PM | Registered CommenterNan Barnes

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