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 presents.

There weren’t as many as past years, but Angelica didn’t mind. Since giving their winnings to the Coleman family, Faith and Angelica had both felt lighter and happier, feelings that outweighed their sadness at the thought of saying goodbye to the bakery.

They didn’t regret it one bit, but they knew once Christmas was over, they would need to start packing it up and preparing for the bank to foreclose on it.

Angelica pushed the thought from her mind as she leaned back on the sofa, taking a sip from her mug of marshmallow-filled hot cocoa. Her mother sat on the floor in front of the TV, going through their stack of Christmas DVDs.

“What should we watch?” Faith asked. “There’s ‘Elf,’ ‘Christmas Story,’ or what about…”

The chime of the doorbell interrupted her, and she and Angelica exchanged puzzled looks. They never had visitors on Christmas day.

Faith went to the door, wrapping her robe tightly around her candy-cane printed pajamas. She smoothed her hair down as she pulled open the door.

“Merry Christmas!” a chorus of voices rang out, and Faith pulled the door open wider. Their front porch was filled with people. The crowd spilled down the walkway and into the front yard.

“My goodness,” Faith said, and Angelica joined her at the front door. It looked like half the town was there, with Mrs. Blake and the Colemans at the front.

“Merry Christmas, everyone,” Angelica said, and Faith put her hands on Angelica’s shoulders.

“Yes, Merry Christmas,” Faith said. “But what brings you all here?”

Mrs. Blake smiled, her eyes shining with excitement. She clasped her hands in front of her as she looked from Faith to Angelica. “Well, truth be told, I had a whole big speech planned out, but now that we’re actually here, that just doesn’t feel right.”

She reached into her bag and pulled out an envelope, then held it out to Faith. “We came here to give you this.”

“What’s this?” Faith asked as she took the envelope.

“Just open it!” Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Blake exclaimed at the same time.

Laughter rumbled through the crowd, and Faith grinned as she opened the envelope. Her grin faded as she pulled out a check, and she let the empty envelope flutter to the floor.

“Oh, my. This… this is…” Faith stuttered, and her eyes glistened. Angelica took the check and her mouth dropped open when she saw the dollar amount. It was more than enough to cover their debts and save the bakery.

Read the final chapter of “Mixing Up Some Holiday Magic” tomorrow in the Christmas edition of the Tribune Chronicle.


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