Annual Christmas story

Selfless acts bring warm Christmas morning rewards

Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This is the final chapter of a 12-part fictional holiday tale that began Dec. 14 and ran daily through Christmas. Parents were encouraged to read it aloud to their children. “We can’t,” Faith said, finding her voice. “This is so kind of you, ...

Door to a very sweet miracle opens on Christmas Day

Editor’s note: This is the 11th chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. On Christmas morning, Angelica and Faith sat on the floor around the Christmas tree opening ...

Recipe of sacrifice stirs batch of hope to help others

Editor’s note: This is the 10th chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. The next morning, Angelica and Faith quietly sat at the kitchen table in their pajamas, holding mugs of ...

Scents of hope follow the sweet taste of gingerbread victory

Editor’s note: This is the ninth chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. Angelica Sweet could hardly watch as the judges went from table-to-table, making notes on their ...

Gingerbread bakery comes together

Editor’s note: This is the eighth chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. “Careful, careful,” Angelica whispered to herself, slowly securing a piece of sugar glass into ...

Mysterious spoon fixes pie pans full of pumpkin mistakes

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. Faith stood back and surveyed the dozens of pieces of cut-out and decorated gingerbread with a ...

Exciting possibilities glow in warmth of cookie shop

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. “I’m sorry, Mrs. Connolly. Your pies are all ready and just what you ordered. I don’t know ...

Cookies bring smiles, blessings

Editor’s note: This is the fifth chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. Angelica didn’t fully agree with her mom giving away all of their extra earnings, but she trusted ...

Spooning up goodness and holiday magic

Editor’s note: This is the fourth chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. Angelica practically ran home from school the next day, eager to get back to the bakery. Her mother ...

Mysterious mixing spoon goes to work

Editor’s note: This is the third chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. Angelica clutched a small gift bag as she skipped down the hall to her mother’s room. “Hi, ...

Mixing spoon speaks ‘Hope’ for Angelica’s mother Faith

Editor’s note: This is the second chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. On Saturday, Angelica spent all morning helping her mother bake, decorate and pack dozens and dozens ...

Bills threaten to close bakery at Christmas

Editor’s note: This is the first chapter of a 12-part continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read it aloud to their children. Angelica Sweet pushed open the bakery door and dropped her backpack behind the counter. “Mom?” ...

The most important gift of all

Editor’s note: This is the 12th of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy awoke Christmas morning to the sounds of merriment filling the air. In the common room, children were talking and laughing, and Christmas ...

Joy flies home with a precious gift

Editor’s note: This is the 11th of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy stared at the shiny red sleigh, adorned with twinkling lights and sparkling silver snowflakes and tinsel. It was tiny! There was no way it ...

Joy gets to make special toys

Editor’s note: This is the 10th of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Without a doubt, the inside of Santa’s Workshop was the most wonderful place Joy had ever seen, and it wasn’t because of magic; it was ...

Girl trains a substitute reindeer

Joy stood off to the side of the tall jump ramp and gave Maxy an encouraging smile. He stood at the far end of the field preparing for his practice run. Suzette had been delighted at Joy’s suggestion and had procured a large blowup mat that would ensure minimal discomfort if Maxy fell. ...

Focusing on reindeer’s problem at hand

Editor’s note: This is the eighth of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy halted right outside the big white barn doors. “What? Me? On your sleigh?” she asked, her stomach fluttering in excitement. Santa ...

Joy learns of her past

Editor’s note: This is the seventh of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy leaned forward, eager to take in every detail. “What a cold Christmas it was,” Santa began. “Below zero degrees, I believe. But ...

Joy’s tour with Santa shows her the jolly one’s treasures

Editor’s note: This is the sixth of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. “Hey, that’s me!” Joy shouted, pointing at the large round object floating in front of her on a shelf. She peered closer into the globe ...

Joy helps stop a nutcracker invasion

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy could only watch in disbelief as the line of tall, wooden men marched into the room, oblivious that they were knocking into ...