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The Birth of Christ

Nativity scene: The birth of Christ
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Everyone knows that. Do you know the entire story of his birth?Let me narrate it in brief. Over 2000 ago, Roman emperor Caesar Augustus, issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So everyone went to his or her hometowns to register. A carpenter called Joseph,...

Francoise’s Dolls

"I did not see the face of my child: I passed into unconsciousness after her birth. My neighbours told me she was beautiful. My mother and the nurse buried her alive. I did not even hear her cry."A doll depicts a girl child and the words alongside it, movingly tells the tale of a new mother's anguish at the...

The Spirit of Christmas

Tony counted the notes and coins. He had Rs. 163 in all.He put the money in his pocket, the money he had saved from his part time job. Today was Christmas eve and he had some important shopping to do.As he walked towards the market he thought of Christmas eve the previous year. How lovely everything had been. His...

A Day in the Life of a Magician

Excerpts from  'A Day in the Life of a Magician'. First published by Vigyan Prasar, IndiaYears ago I gave up hanging up a stocking on Christmas Eve. One reason is that I have no stockings to hang, because I almost always wear trousers, and even when I wear shorts I wear socks with them so as to make my...

The Best Christmas Gift of All

The Gift of the Magi From 100 Selected Stories: written by O. HenryThis tender tale has all the elements of a classic: it seems new every time you read it.The Gift of Magi is a tender love story that highlights love as the true spirit of Christmas. It is Christmas eve and Della, the wife of James Dillingham Young, has...

A Surprise On Christmas

Jimmy and Jenny were very excited. It was Christmas Eve and they were busy hanging their stockings at the end of their beds."You must go to sleep quickly," said mother, "because Santa Claus won't come until you are fast asleep."So Jenny and Jimmy jumped into bed and shut their eyes. It wasn't before long that they were both fast...

The Fairy Doll

Not that!" screamed Sheila. "Yes not her!" repeated Anna. "She will stay with us." Sheila snatched Matilda from her maid and they ran to their room.In case you are wondering what I am talking about or who is Matilda? Well, Matilda is Sheila and Anna's favorite doll and the children, along with the maid, were sorting out their old...

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