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12 Days of Christmas
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Story Winner #1: Christmas Morning Surprise
Things were looking pretty bleak for Santa's visit to the Gray house in 1956. Mom and Dad had recently moved back to the sand hills of Nebraska to raise us in the Midwest. Short on money during those lean years, they rented an old farm house and bought a couple of milk cows with a dream to expand in a few years.
However, our sixth sibling was still-born in the fall and the winter proved to be drafty in the big old house. Mumps and measles made several visits, and all of us spent weeks sleeping downstairs by the coal stove in our tiny living room. Mom and Dad decided no more winters for little kids in that cold farm house, so we moved to an old stucco place in town. Daily, we made the trip back and forth to the farm, six miles out, to milk the cows, fix fences, feed chickens, and tend our vegetable garden.
With all of us under nine years of age, Mom was busy canning, cooking, mending – surviving. Doctor and hospital bills went unpaid. Only one door remained on the old Jeep, so we bundled up as if we were going for sleigh rides. As winter set in, we were aware that Santa probably wouldn't be leaving much for the little Grays.
Imagine our surprise and delight on Christmas morning when we descended the stairs to find huge (to us) and beautiful bride dolls for my sisters and me. Mom was crying, and I couldn't understand why she would cry when we were so happy. She explained they were "tears of joy."
VaReane and her sisters with their bride dolls, Christmas 1956
It was several years later when I found out that my aunts had purchased the dolls for us, plus a toy car garage for my brother. These dear ladies knew how much their gifts would be appreciated by our parents as well as the recipients.
We loved those dolls and took special care of them. Three years ago, I gave my doll to my granddaughters and told them this Christmas story of caring and generosity.
- VaReane C. Heese
About the Author:
VaReane C. Heese: I have been an elementary school teacher – my dream job – for over 40 years. Currently, I substitute teach almost every day. My husband and I live in Omaha, Nebraska, with our playful yellow lab, Lexi. We love to visit our children and grandchildren who all live out of state. Even more, we enjoy having them visit us from time to time.
Reading, walking, and crafts, especially card making, fill many of my after-school hours. A special joy is making cozy sock cupcakes for people in hospitals and local shelters.
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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, December 19th - 12 Noon ET
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon ET for the High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week.
On December 19th we'll do a Font Challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors using at least 2 different fonts! Mix it up!
Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Heritage Crop and Chat
Thursday, December 20th - 9:00 p.m. ET
Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) at 9 PM ET for the Heritage Crop and Chat and learn ways to use Antique Edges Paper Biggie to dress up your heritage pages. We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.
December's Forum Game: BINGO!
Join us for an exciting game of December BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum!! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Forum username" by Sunday, December 2nd (Midnight EDT) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Monday, December 3rd. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.
Each day (Monday through Saturday), a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.
Each winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
December Monthly Layout Contest: December is here and that means Family Time! During the holidays, we spend more time with each of our families... and we'd love for you to share your families with us! Post your layouts in the December Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight ET on December 31st and you could one of the two people who will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Please be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties.
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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