The Christmas Trap (Part Four)

The Christmas Trap (Part Four)

[Part three of a four-part story for Christmas. In case you missed it, here is part one.] That Christmas Eve, things went as usual. They had a nice dinner and then went to the service at church. The entire sanctuary was lit only by candles, except for the stage where...
The Christmas Trap (Part Three)

The Christmas Trap (Part Three)

[Part three of a four part story for Christmas. In case you missed it, here is part one.] The next day was the last of kindergarten before winter break. Jeremy felt as if the entire year had built up to this day and he was so excited he couldn’t get his socks to...
The Christmas Trap (Part Two)

The Christmas Trap (Part Two)

[Part two of a four-part story for Christmas. In case you missed it, here is part one.] The next day was Saturday, and before anyone else in the house was up, Jeremy took the card table out of the garage and set it up in the middle of his bedroom. He scootered his...
The Christmas Trap (Part One)

The Christmas Trap (Part One)

[For the month of December, just for fun, I wanted to share a story I’ve had lying around for a few years now. It seemed to fit the season. This is part one of four.] Jeremy Tanner Bachman was never really sure what had started his father’s feud with Santa...

Except as we venture to create,
we cannot project ourselves
beyond ourselves to serve and lead.

—Robert K. Greenleaf

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My wife took a look at the first version of something I was writing not long ago and said,
“Dammit, man, that’s high school stuff.”
I have to tell her to wait until the seventh draft, it’ll work out all right.
I don’t know why that should be so, that the first or second draft of everything
I write reads that way.

—James Thurber

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