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Christmas Miracles: Magical True Stories of Modern-Day Miracles [NOOK Book]

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At Christmas, our hearts are touched by reports of wondrous occurrences that make us stop, reflect, and hope. This luminous book shares true accounts of Christmas miracles-- inspiring events that happened to real people at Christmas time, including:

A Christmas Mystery: A deaf boy's generosity is miraculously rewarded

First Christmas: Newlyweds take part in the local Christmas pageant -- and receive a ...

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Christmas Miracles: Magical True Stories of Modern-Day Miracles

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Overview

At Christmas, our hearts are touched by reports of wondrous occurrences that make us stop, reflect, and hope. This luminous book shares true accounts of Christmas miracles-- inspiring events that happened to real people at Christmas time, including:

A Christmas Mystery: A deaf boy's generosity is miraculously rewarded

First Christmas: Newlyweds take part in the local Christmas pageant -- and receive a surprising lesson in timeless love

My Christmas Angel: A pro baseball player visits a children's ward to cheer the patients, and is himself transformed

A Heart for Christmas: A series of coincidences brings new life to a little girl

The Stranger: A gentle, mysterious Christmas Eve visitor awes a family

Christmas Saved My Mother: A rabbi tells how his mother, fleeing the Holocaust, was spared on Christmas Eve

George Misses a Shift: Sudden car trouble on Christmas night saves a couple's life... and more.

Albert Einstein said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." If you believe in miracles -- or want to -- let Christmas Miracles light the candle of hope in your heart this year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062031044
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 149,647
  • File size: 346 KB

Meet the Author

Jamie Miller created these games for her five children and has also used them successfully in many church and schoolroom settings. As a member of the singing King Family, Jamie was featured on their weekly television show in the 1960s and 70s and toured the United States and Canada performing during those years. A book editor and the coauthor of Christmas Miracles, she has a degree in education and lives in California.
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Chapter One

Christmas Loaves
and Fishes

On CHRISTMAS EVE in homes everywhere,there is quiet excitement. The festive feelingand the warmth of having family near brings to mind aChristmas tale I love to relate each year. It's a true story,even though it might sound unbelievable. And it gives proofthat miracles do happen.

A long time ago there was a group of young people who decided to spread some Christmas cheer. They had discovered that there were several children who would be spending the festive day in a community hospital nearby. So they bought nice presents, wrapped them and, armed with guitars, sweet voices and one of the friends dressed as Santa Claus, dropped in unexpectedly at the hospital on Christmas Eve.

The children were overjoyed at seeing Santa, and by the time the group was finished handing out presents and singing Christmas carols, there were tears in everyone's eyes. From then on, it was decided they would play Santa every year.

The following Christmas Eve, the ladies at the hospital were included in the rounds, and by the third year it was expanded to embrace some poor children in the neighborhood.

On the fourth Christmas Eve, however, after all the rounds were made, Santa Claus looked into his bag and discovered there were a few extra toys left. So the friends mulled it over, trying to figure out what to do with them. Somebody mentioned that there were a few squatters' shacks nearby in which a couple of desperately poor families lived.

So the group decided to go there, thinking there were perhaps three families at most. But as they drove over the crest of the hill into this lonely area-- it was around midnight now -- the shocked group saw a large number of people standing at the side of the street.

They were children -- more than thirty of them. Behind them were not three shacks but rows and rows of shabby squatters' dwellings. As the cars drew to a stop, the children came running up, shouting with joy. It turned out they had been waiting patiently all night for Santa Claus. Some, body -- no one could remember who -- had told them he was coming, although our Santa had decided to go there only moments before.

Everyone was stunned, except for Santa. He was in a panic. He knew he didn't have enough toys for all these kids. Eventually, not wanting to disappoint the children, he decided to give whatever toys he had only to the smallest children. When the presents ran out, he'd just have to explain to the bigger kids what had happened.

So moments later he found himself perched an top of a car's hood as these thirty or more sparkling clean children, dressed in their best clothes, tined up in order of height, with the smallest first, for their moment with him. As each anxious child approached, Santa dipped into his bag, his heart heavy with dread, hoping to find at least one more toy. And, by some miracle, he found one each time he dipped. And as the last of the children received a present, Santa looked into the now deflated bag. It was empty -- empty as it should have been twenty-four children ago.

With relief, he let out a hearty "Ho bo he" and bade the kids farewell. But as he was about to enter the car (the reindeer, apparently, had the day off), he heard a child scream, "Santa! Santa! Wait!" And out of the bushes rushed two little children, a boy and a girl. They had been asleep.

Santa's heart sank. This time he knew for sure he had no more toys. The bag was empty. But as the out-of-breath kids approached, he summoned up some courage and dipped into the bag once more. And, to and behold, there were two more presents in there.

The group of friends, now all grown adults, still talk about this miracle on Christmas morning. They still have no explanation for it, other than the fact that it happened. How do I know so much about this? Well, I was the one playing Santa.

-- RAYNIER MAHARAJ
Toronto, Canada

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Christmas Loaves and Fishes 5
Christmas Saved My Mother's Life 9
The Stranger 13
O Christmas Tree 21
Chester 29
One Last Wish 35
Bologna from Heaven 43
The Town That Gave Christmas 49
Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moring 57
Icy Water Rescue 65
The Gold and Ivory Tablecloth 69
Second Chance 73
The Kiss 77
The Gift 83
Ten-Candy-Bar Christmas 87
Homeless Santa 91
The Secret Dolls 95
My Shiny Fire Truck 99
Circle of Love 103
Christmas Doesn't Come from a Store 109
An All-American Christmas 113
First Christmas 119
My Christmas Angel 125
The Story of Punkin and Boo 131
Exchange of Gifts 135
The Riches of Family 139
The Silver Star 145
A Glimpse of Christmas 149
The Good Samaritans 155
The Sacrifice 159
A Miracle Touched My Life 165
Someone to Watch Over Me 169
Acknowledgments 177
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