The First Christmas Gift – The Inside Story

What’s the inside story? You will have to read the story – eh?

Amplify’d from
Christmas Tale© 1989
I am going to be Santa’s helper.
tonight’s the night
I began
to remember and dream about the Christmas
the worst and best
Christmas I ever had
It might be a slow, low Christmas unless
Jeff and I can sell some more.
I saw…the quarters falling into the grate
I lost my Christmas money
Inside of the first and
every gift since is an extra secret gift
This secret is only for kids.



Christmas – 1912 – Did Santa forget Carmen?

This is the true story of my mother’s fourth Christmas – the last one she would spend with her mother. It’s also a story about how gifts outlast the giver and provide memories of people you never really “knew,” except through stories.

Amplify’d from
Christmas Age Four
Wright — 1912

Once upon a time there
lived in the little village of Saranac, New York a dear little girl named Carmen
whose papa and mama were very poor but happy as Christmas time drew near.

“Daddy! Is there neny
sing in my stockings?” Daddy said, “Come and see”
She was more pleased with
those few things than all the other things she got
These are the facts as
they happened on the Christmas of 1912.