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Holiday Story Contest Results

An unexpected gift

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Michelle Starkey Mechanicsburg, Ohio Second place The weather had turned cold and dreary with rain clouds hovering over the small town of Mechanicsburg when Jim Samuels decided to stop at the local feed store to pick up supplies for his dairy farm. “Let’s see,” he told Bob, the store manager. “I need oil, boots, […]

The winning Christmas story

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Kim Villalva Millington, Tenn. First place The phone call shocked Vernon Lee. He had won first place in the library’s Children’s Christmas Story Contest. He shifted carefully in his chair so as not to wake the sleeping feline warming his lap. “You happy up there, Genevieve? Honey, now I gotta read that silly story […]

The Christmas gift

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Abbey Benninghoff Bessemer, Pa. Age 17 Honorable mention Up at dawn, doing chores at six years of age may sound crazy, but for Grace, she thrived on that repetition. Now with the new baby in the family, her father needed the help in the barn. The first white blanket of snow had fallen, unexpectedly, […]

There is joy: A true story

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Anna Perkins Westfield Township, Ohio Age 16 Winner Family. A Christmas tree. Singing carols on a neighbor’s doorstep. Watching her children’s delight at receiving the special gifts she had made for them. Bob’s present for her. His love. Shirley blinked away tears as these thoughts crossed her mind, the thoughts of what Christmas used […]

A friend for Christmas

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Jaclyn Krymowski Hinckley, Ohio Age 12 Honorable Mention Sarah watched the winter snow fall fast, thick and heavy. This would be the loneliest Christmas ever. For it was Christmas Eve and all of Hickory Town was expecting a railroad to cut through it, bringing food, people and supplies. But it had passed them right […]

The meaning of Christmas

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Destini Smith Vickery, Ohio Age 12 Winner De was in school. It was the end of the day, right before the bell rang, when her teacher, Mrs. Dunn, said, “Don’t forget about the school Christmas play practice tomorrow.” So when De and Taylor (De’s best friend) were walking home, De asked, “ What is […]

The believer

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Carlee Dunham Castalia, Ohio Age 11 Honorable Mention Once upon a Christmas Eve, a young boy named Charlie did not believe in Santa Claus. He simply told his parents he did not want to have a Christmas this year. His younger sister, Faith, was getting milk and cookies for Santa. She was just so […]

The Christmas tree

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Brandon Hozian Kirtland, Ohio Age 11 Winner There once was an evergreen tree that got planted in a forest. It wanted to grow to be a great big tree that would decorate a fabulous mansion for Christmas and children can find their gifts under. When this tree got cut down to be sold, the […]

Simon’s Christmas

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Tori Miller Vickery, Ohio Age 8 Honorable Mention “Mom, I’m going to bed,” said Sierra, yawning. But before she went to bed, she looked at her calendar. “Yay! Tomorrow is Christmas! I have to tell Simon,” she said. Simon was standing there in his pajamas. “Simon, it’s Christmas tomorrow,” shouted Sierra. “What is so […]

Santa’s wish

Monday, December 22, 2008

By Danielle Schumaker Loudonville, Ohio Age 9 Winner The North Pole postman is as busy as can be as millions of children across the world send their Christmas wish lists to Santa. Santa reads each and every letter and then he and his elves get to work. Teddy asked Santa for a wooden sled. Tim […]


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