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Your Story:  My first Christmas:
Of course I was too young at the time to be able to remember my first Christmas in 1956 when this photo was taken. Yet I had seen the photo many times of my brother and me contentedly playing with the characters from the cardboard nativity set. The photo was on our family Christmas greeting card that year.

Now my mother is 96-years-old and lives in a nursing home. Her mind is affected by dementia and she doesn’t talk much. I pulled the photo out of the album to put it in her hands and focus on it. She looked at it for a long time with a big smile on her face. A friend looked over her shoulder, pointed to the baby and asked, “Who is that?” She looked at me, smiled, and said, “She grew up.”

I told her, “I think you bought a strong cardboard nativity set so we could play with it without breaking anything.” She smiled. I said, “I think you put me in the walker so I wouldn’t knock everything over before Daddy could take the photo.” She smiled again. A smile is worth a lot. <
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