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Italian Family Christmas

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 10 Christmastime in most families is a time filled with traditions. Some traditions have been practiced for many generations, some only a few years. Some traditions are commonly seen in many households, and some are more unique. In our family, we have a handful of traditions. On the first Sunday of Advent, we like to participate in an Advent wreath making event at our church. My father and I bake cookies and other confections all day on Christmas Eve, which are to be enjoyed later in the evening as...

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All Through the Night | A Poem

Honorable Mention in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 9 The wind is gently howling, against the windowpane, And snow is swiftly piling, gathering in the lane. A cheery fire crackles in the fireplace, Christmas decorations adorn every vacant space. But outside in the alley, where it is dark and cold, Sits a beggar boy, with little wares unsold. His body is barely covered by the rags he huddles in, How terrible Christmas Eve for this lad has been! Walking home, a kindly man sees the sufferings of this boy, And pauses to think of the season,...

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Miracle | A Poem

Honorable Mention in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 12 Outside the world lies, Barren and cold. A bitter wind whistles Through valley and wold, And frosty stars twinkle Over sheep in the fold. The brightest star shines And sends its rays down Over a stable Just outside town, As the silence is split By a wonderful sound. The cry of a Child, The cry of new life, Born frail and fragile To a world full of strife; His first breath has pierced Him Like the blade of a knife. Inside the stable A voice murmurs low,...

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas | A Poem

Honorable Mention in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 10 He said that he’d be home, But home is where he is not. He called to say he’s coming, But something caused a stop. The Christmas tree was ready The songs were being sung, The table was set with candles And the stockings were all hung. And, when the doorbell rang, The house went up in joy, But the ringer was not who they expected, The ringer was not their boy. The man told his sincere apologies: “…Especially on a night like this,” But, their son was...

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