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Darby's Christmas Story

It was a Christmas eve Darby and Lara will never forget. Lara was visiting Darby for the holidays. They had just finished a grand Christmas dinner with lots of Purina prime rib dinner, Darby's favorite. Ann was in the kitchen cleaning up. Lara and Darby were playing in the living room when all of a sudden they heard singing outside. Darby and Lara ran to the door, and there standing in the lightly falling snow were Christmas carolers singing rudolf the red nosed reindeer. It was so cold you could see the singers' breath rising in the air like puffs of smoke.

The carolers called for Lara and Darby to join them. It was late, but Darby asked if they could go for a little while. Yes! So, Darby and Lara grabbed their coats and hats and gloves and went out to sing with the carolers. It was great fun!
As Darby and Lara headed home, the snow stopped, the stars started twinkling and the moon was so bright, they could see through the darkness. Just as they arrived at Darby's door, Lara stopped. "Listen Darby, did you hear that? It sounds like bells!"
"I hear it, too!" Darby said hurrying toward Lara. "Look up there," Lara pointed. "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Darby asked. "Yes! It's Santa! It has to be!" Lara gasped excitedly. "Listen, I think I can hear him calling out 'Ho, Ho, Ho.'
"Yes!" Darby said, "I hear it too! It looks like he's over Maryann's house. We better get inside and put out the milk and milkbones! We need to get to bed ourselves."
"Let's run," Lara said.

Ann was just finishing the dishes when Lara and Darby slid across the kitchen floor. "We saw Santa!" Darby huffed. He was flying over Maryann's house. We've got to hurry and put out Santa's snack. If we're not in bed Santa won't stop here!"

Quickly, Lara and Darby poured Santa's milk in a glass and put five milkbones on a plate. They placed the snack on the hearth near the fireplace so Santa would be sure to see it. As they climbed into bed, they heard Ann downstairs chuckling. "That must have been one big shooting star those kids saw," one said. Lara and Darby just smiled at each other as they drifted off to sleep. They knew what they saw was not a shooting star. Shooting stars don't ring bells and they don't sing out, "Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!"

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