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This is from KTVU 2 San Franciso

A son of Obama tries to rob Head Honchos Hair Salon.

The employees opened a can of Whoop Ass on him then

the employees strip him they tossed him out the door.  

Corneilyus Howeth

 Ass Whooped Corneilyus Howeth

OKLAHOMA CITY, Calif.

Oklahoma City Police responded to an armed robbery call at Head Honchos hair salon around midnight on the morning of Christmas Eve.

Police arrested 23-year-old Corneilyus Howeth for robbery with a firearm. Howeth also had a prior felony arrest.

Howeth forced the employees of the salon inside, telling them to empty their pockets. But when another employee distracted him, the owner of the salon tackled Howeth.

The two fought for the gun for a short time before other employees stepped in and helped take the gun from Howeth.

The employees then stripped Howeth of his clothes to make sure he wasn’t hiding more weapons and threw him outside.

Police showed up shortly thereafter to take Howeth into custody.

 

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High school baseball star, 17, ‘beat his mother with a bat then fatally slashed her throat and stabbed her in the eye after Christmas Eve argument’

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This is from the U. K. Daily Mail.

This animal will find a bleeding heart shrink to B.S. the

court into sending him to therapy or a mental hospital.

I say do not send him to prison but beat him with a

baseball bat, slash him with a knife then stick it in his eye.

 

  • Sharon Aydelott was found dead in a pool of blood at her Gulf Breeze, Florida, home Tuesday night when a friend came to check on her
  • William Brandon Aydelott, 17, coldly confessed killing his mother
  • Detectives say he even smiled as he described the savage attack
  • Mother and son had been fighting for months and Brandon had been living with a friend
  • Ms Aydelott was a beloved middle school science teacher

 

A 17-year-old high school baseball star has been charged with murder after beating his mother with a bat then viciously hacking her to death on Christmas Eve, police say.

Police found Sharon Hill Aydelott in a pool of blood at her home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, with her throat slashed and a large kitchen knife sticking out of her eye socket about 6pm Tuesday.

Her son, William Brandon Aydelott, a promising pitcher on the Gulf Breeze High School baseball team, was arrested and confessed to killing her after a heated argument, authorities say.

Sharon Hill Aydelott
Brandon Aydelott

Horrific: Sharon Hill Aydelott was viciously hacked to death by her son William Brandon Aydelott, 17, (left), police say.The two had been fighting since September

 

Ms Aydelott was found dead in a pool of blood at her home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, about 6pm on Tuesday nightMs Aydelott was found dead in a pool of blood at her home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, about 6pm on Tuesday night

 

Ms Aydelott was found dead in her home after a friend stopped by to check on her, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

Brandon had been staying at a friend’s house on-and-off since September because of a rocky relationship between mother and son, police say.

Detectives say that after the murder, he fled the home and went back to the house where he had been staying.

Police tracked Brandon back to the friend’s home about three hours after finding the gruesome murder scene.

After police took Brandon into custody, he coldly admitted to brutally slaughtering his mother.

Detectives say he even smiled slightly as he confessed to the horrific crime.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound teen described in detail how he repeatedly smashed his mother with a baseball bat.

He then attacked her with a large kitchen knife, slashing her multiple times and cutting her throat before driving the blade through her eye.

Detectives say he was wearing clean clothes. The found only a small splotch of dried blood on his wrist.

Brandon Aydelott, a right-handed pitcher with a hard 80mph fastball, was being scouted by college baseball teams – including, possibly, the University of Alabama.

‘Pitching tomorrow at bama stadium #lego,’ he tweeted in June.

Ms Aydelott was a beloved science teacher at Holley-Navarre Middle School, where she had been teaching seventh and eighth graders for the last 15 years.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529305/High-school-baseball-star-17-beat-mother-bat-fatally-slashed-throat-stabbed-eye-Christmas-Eve-argument.html#ixzz2ocKd867C
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Eddy Arnold – One Christmas Eve Long Ago

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Alan Jackson – ” Ruldolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer “

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Superstitions and Old Wive’s Tales…

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Hat Tip Old NFO.

 

One can only ‘wonder’ where some of these came from…

-You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck.
-Many people believe that washing dishes and doing laundry on New Year day will lead to a death in the family. And most of them even do not wash their hair thinking it unlucky.
-Hold your breath while going past a cemetery otherwise you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.
-It’s bad luck to let someone rest their foot on your chair while gambling. If anyone tries, it’s customary to challenge them to a gunfight
-It’s good luck to wear an article of dirty clothing when sitting down to gamble.
-Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
-It is said that if you are out fishing and stop to count the number of fish you have caught at any time you will not catch anymore that day.
-The ancient Greeks used to believe that if you had sex while a North wind was blowing you would produce a male child. A Southern wind would produce a female child.
-It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.
-After the famous Battle of Waterloo many people were afraid to wear or grow violets because they had been Napoleon’s favourite flower.
-If you bite your tongue while eating it is said to mean that you recently told a lie.
-If your right nostril is itching a female visitor is coming to see you or if it is left nostril a male visitor.
-It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder. This superstition came from an early Christian belief that a leaning ladder formed a triangle with the wall and the ground. By walking through a triangle it is said that you violate the Holy Trinity.
-A knife placed under the bed during the childbirth will ease the labour pains.
-In some parts of Britain it is said that eating the tongue of a dog will cure your ulcers.
-The settling down of swarm of bees on the roof indicates that the house will burn soon.
-It is believed that kissing at midnight on New Year’s Day increases the affections and attachments that will continue throughout the year.
-If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.
-To wear new clothes on the Easter Sunday brings good luck.
-If a dead person’s eyes are left open he or she will find someone to take along with him.
-Evil spirits can’t harm you when you stand inside a circle.
-If a pregnant woman steps over a grave this ensures an early death for her child.
-In sports there is something called the playoff beard which means that players on a team will not shave until there team is either eliminated or they win.
-Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.
-If you keep a spider in a walnut shell and place it around your neck it will act as a repellent against a plague.
-A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.
-In baseball you should never talk about a no hitter game that is currently going on because it could jinx it.
-It is said that if you don’t cover your mouth when you yawn then you may be letting evil spirits into your body.
-If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.
-In England it was once a custom to pass a newly born baby through the rind of a cheese.
-Cutting of fingernails on Friday or Sunday bring bad luck.
-It is believed that the direction of wind during the sunrise on New Year’s Day decides the luck for the coming year. Wind from east predicts natural calamities and wind from west predicts wealth but death of a person of great national importance. Wind from south predicts prosperity and wind from north predicts bad weather. No wind means prosperity and joy throughout the year.
-There is an old tradition in England that bread which is baked on Christmas Eve will never go mouldy.
-Many Native American tribes considered owls to be symbols of good luck, prosperity, and long life.
-A British superstition says that if you carry an acorn somewhere on yourself it will prevent you from growing old.
-To dream of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy.
-It is said that if another woman is having problems conceiving then all she had to do to ensure success was to hug a pregnant woman.
-Finding a Cricket in your house brings good luck.
-Twitching of left eye signifies a death in the family.
-A wedding ring should absolutely never be dropped during the ceremony because this will bring bad luck, and whichever of the couple dropped the ring will be the first to die.it is equally important that neither of the couple picks up a dropped ring. The person preforming the ceremony should do it.
-Hold your breath when you pass by a graveyard or you may breathe in the spirit of someone recently buried.
-If a broken clock suddenly chimes in the house there will be a death in the family.
-Don’t bury a woman in black or she will return to haunt the household.
-If you dream of a birth, someone in the family will die.
-It is still common belief that the wedding ring shouldn’t be removed once it is put on.
-A bird in the house is a sign of a death.
-At slot machines, touch the seat to see if it’s still warm, and only play if it is.
-Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.
-Pictures of an elephant bring luck, but only if they face a door.
-If you spill salt throw some over your left shoulder to hit evil spirits in the eye.
-If a ferret, stoat or weasel jumps over the tummy of a pregnant woman then the child will be born with a birthmark.
-Breaking a mirror brings bad luck for seven years. To prevent it, you should run the pieces in a stream.
-If a robin flies into room through a window, death will shortly follow.
-A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.
-If cows lift their tails it is an indication of the coming rain.
-If the buried person was good, flowers will grow on his/her grave. If the person was bad or evil, weeds will grow.
-Wear a blue bead to protect yourself against witches.
-If you pull out a white hair, ten more will grow in its place.
-If you are not getting married, never wear white to a wedding or you will bring bad luck to the bride.
-Wearing blue is bad luck for actors, though it’s okay if it’s worn with silver.
-In the theatre, a yellow clarinet in an orchestra will bring disaster.
-Don’t walk over someone why they are laying on the ground because it will stop them from growing taller.
-You should spit on the new baseball bat before use to make it lucky.
-If a black cat walks towards you it will bring good luck. If it walks away from you it takes away your good luck.
-Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.
-If three people are photographed, the middle person will die first.
-The sudden falling of a comb while combing your hair is an indication of coming disappointment.
-A loaf of bread should never be turned upside down after a slice has been cut from it.
-It was once thought that if a woman wanted her child to be fair skinned she should look at a corpse.
-If 13 people sit down to eat together, one of them will die before the year is over.
-”Ladybug ladybug fly away home” was said to the ladybugs instead of killing them because they represented the Virgin Mary.
-Rub a penny on a wart and it will disappear.
-Use white cotton thread to tie a knot for each wart. Bury it, and when the string rots, so too will your wart.
-In Europe they say that if you have small ears it means you are a mean person, but if you have large ears you will have a generous nature.
-Leaving your shoes upside down or upon the table is considered as bad luck.
-Many people believe that if they wear new clothes on New Year Day they will receive more new garments during the year.
-People wear red coloured clothes as they believe red is symbolic to happiness and bright future.
-If you see three butterflies together they will bring good luck.
-Before slicing a new loaf of bread, make the sign of the cross on it.
-A person who dies on Good Friday or midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven.
-If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will be severed.
-They say if you drop a scissors on the floor you lover is being unfaithful.
-People believe that loud noise scares the devil which is why New Year’s is celebrated with as much noise as possible. In many countries church bells rung at mid night for this reason.
-If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year.
-Welsh coal miners used to believe that if they washed the coaldust from their backs it would weaken their spines.
-Babies born on 1st January is considered to be the luckiest persons throughout their lives.
-In Damascus yo-yo’s were once banned because the people thought that they were causing a drought.
-When travelling it’s a good idea to wear a St Christopher Medal. It is supposed to keep you safe.
-All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.
-Scottish lore says to keep a knife under your pillow to avoid having fairies carry you off while you sleep.
-Step on a crack, break your mothers back.
-Think of a list of names of people you would consider marrying, then take an apple and twist the stem while reciting the names. Whoever’s name you call out when the stem breaks is the one you will marry.
-Eat some cherries and keep the pips. Count the pips while calling out the following – tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief- when you reach the last pip, you’ll know the occupation of your future husband.
-Cut an apple in half and count the seeds to find out how many children you will have.
-If a young girl sees a sparrow on Valentine’s Day she will marry a poor man and she will be very happy. If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire.
-If you ever drop a black ace on the floor while playing cards, quit the game. If you happen to drop the black ace and it falls on a mirror and breaks it, buy life insurance.
-If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.
-It is said that the luckiest things for you to find are horseshoes, four-leaf clovers and teeth.
-If you kill the bee which is trying to enter into your home, you will have bad luck.
-If you mention something terrible or that you wouldn’t want to happen, knock on wood.
-An acorn at the window will keep lightning out
-You should never start a trip on Friday or you will meet misfortune.
-If you dream of running there will be a big change in your life.
-If an unborn child kicks on the left-hand side of the womb it is a boy and if on the right-hand side, it is a girl.
-Parsley should be picked and never cut and it should be grown from seed and not transplanted… and under no circumstances should you give it away or bad luck will fall upon you.
-Sage will grow well in the garden of a woman who dominates her husband.
-Hold a buttercup under your chin and if there’s a yellow reflection on your skin, it means you like butter.
-Sandalwood, ylang ylang, jasmine, and vanilla are very effective for attracting males.
-Garlic wards off vampires.
-The number of X’s in the palm of your right hand denotes the number of children you would have.
-Do not buy your husband shoes or he will walk right out of your life.
-If a rat runs around the feet of a pregnant woman this is very bad luck.
-The Indians from Peru, South America used to wash their babies in llama urine to ward off evil spirits.
-It’s bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.
-Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within a month.
-If your hand itches it means that you are going to run into some money.
-If your ear itched in the inside, someone was talking about you.
-Keeping a hat on the bed causes bad luck.

h/t Frito, Weird Neil

 

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS REFUSING TO HONOR MILITARY-STYLE RIFLE ORDERS PLACED BEFORE CT SHOOTING

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This is from The Blaze.

I hope Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cheaper Than Dirt close for ever.

It is real chicken sh@@ the way they have done their customers.

 

Russell Kellner of Flower Mound, Texas, ordered three Troy Defense Carbine Semi-Automatic Rifles from Dick’s Sporting Goods on Black Friday, CBS 11 News reports.

At $799 apiece, a savings of $300 dollars, it “was a heck of a deal,” he said.

However, Kellner and his wife received only two of the three guns. They received a letter from Dick’s on Christmas Eve stating that the company would not fulfill the remainder of their order.

Dick’s announced a week before Christmas that it was suspending sales of “modern sporting rifles” in all stores, “out of respect for the victims of the Connecticut massacre,” CBS News 11 notes.

“It ain’t a good deal when you don’t get it. So I’m not happy at all about it,” said Kellner.

 

And Kellner isn’t alone.

Troy Blackall says he paid for two of the Troy Carbines at Dick’s — but the store only sent him one.

“It’s unacceptable,” says Blackall.

Dick’s has announced they will be issuing full refunds. The sporting goods store even sent $100 gift cards to customers with unfulfilled orders.

But the chain’s attempts at damage control may not be enough.

“Do what you said. Do what you advertised. Make good on it,” said Kellner.

Blackall is also unimpressed.

“The guns have doubled and tripled in price now. So it’s not like we can get our money back and buy the guns someplace else,” he said.

And the chain’s decision to discontinue rifle sales has upset more than just customers.

“The manufacturer of the guns, Troy industries says on its Facebook page that it’s deeply dismayed and shocked that Dick’s stopped selling its rifle.” CBS News 11 reports. “Troy’s CEO says the company invested millions of dollars into its operations after selecting Dick’s as the sole distributor of this particular rifle.”

 

Piers Morgan Says The Bible Should Be Amended

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This is from Freedom Outpost.

Maybe Piers needs to read what God say about changing his word.

Revelation 22:18-19

King James Version (KJV)

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,

If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,

God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city,

and from the things which are written in this book.

Can we put Piers on a slow leaking boat back to Great Britain.

Piers Morgan has been in the news a lot recently. Ever since taking over for Larry King upon his retirement several years ago, Morgan has driven CNN’s flagship series into the ratings abyss. Not only that, but he doesn’t seem to be very well liked for his political beliefs. Sure, he’s a nice enough guy, but his smooth-talking, pretentious liberalism gets under my skin. Apparently, he has gotten under the skin of many Americans. After his comments on gun control following the Connecticut shooting, a White House petition calling for his deportation has gathered more than 75,000 signatures.

Now good ‘ole Piers is at it again. During a discussion regarding gay marriage with famed Saddleback Church Pastor, Rick Warren, on his Christmas Eve show, Morgan suggested that perhaps the Bible should be amended. The following is a portion of the transcript for that broadcast:

“We’re in a modern age where if you start to use that kind of language, if you brand sections of the community sinners because you believe that’s what the Bible has told you to say, you are demonizing these people. And I find that hard to deal with…But you and I know the Bible is, in many places a flawed document…the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned, but they are basically inherently flawed…Hence the need to amend it…My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible….a new Bible.”

Piers Morgan can believe whatever he wants to believe, but his line of reasoning is flawed, which is why he and Rick Warren couldn’t seem to get on the same page during the interview. In his assessment, Morgan is evaluating the Bible as if it is a man-made document, containing all the inherent flaws of such a document. As something written by human beings, Morgan sees nothing wrong with adding or adjusting the text. In fact, he sees a need to amend the Bible, as we amend our constitution. What he doesn’t understand, or is unwilling to understand, is that Warren, and many followers of the Bible, view it–correctly–as an inspired document.

With that, Piers’ argument is fatally flawed. In his mind, followers of the Bible are just like followers of the constitution. He believes that Christians are essentially followingsome guidelines written by some guys from a long time ago, who seemed pretty smart, but had a lot of issues. He is apparently blind to the fact that throughout history, and up to today, Christians have been brutally tortured and executed for their beliefs. Were Christians following an amendable, flexible historical document, why would they follow it to the grave? Well, it seems that might be over Piers’ head.

My point is this: the debate on gay marriage, and other issues, is as fiery as ever. There are many reasons for this, but I think a major contributor to the lack of understanding on the Left is the fact that they simply do not understand. That seems redundant, but what I’m saying is this: those on the Left, like Piers Morgan, don’t see the Bible as anything but a historical document. Many on the Right, however, read it as inspired, and infallible. Until those on the Left walk in the shoes of Christians, and see the Bible through the eyes of the faithful, they will continue to miss the mark in this debate. Liberals don’t understand Christians because they don’t understand the Bible for what it is.

I’m not sure Piers Morgan is bright enough to ever get it; but hopefully others on the Left can…someday.

Hank Snow – God Is My Santa Claus

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In a class room at the grade school just before the Hollidays
Boys and girls were writing notes to Santa far away
Expect a lad who sat alone his paper put away
And when his teacher asked him why so softly he did say
Oh God is my Santa Claus each and every day
I don’t write him letters ma’m I just kneel and pray
Don’t you know his greatest gift salvation is afound
God is my Santa Claus each day the whole you’re round.
Then the teacher stood in silence after what the child had said
He really knew real Christmas day and not from books he’d read
He truly met real Santa Clause he said him just one word
God gave his praise for Christmas day my Santa Clause is God
(God is my Santa Claus each and every day
I don’t write him letters ma’m I just kneel and pray)
Do you know his greatest gift salvation is afonud
God to be my Santa Claus each day the whole you’re round

 

Shoes Superstitions

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This is from The World Of Christmas.net.

I thought in addition to Christmas legends I would add superstitions.

Some of these you may or may not have heard of them.

 

Christmas is the time for celebration and festivity all around the world. Exchanging gifts, X-Mas cards, offering holy prayers and merry making are the integral part of Christmas celebrations. This holy festival is celebrated on a grand level on 25th of December every year, around the world. However, preparations for the same start days in advance. People start decorating their homes and streets with various Christmas decorations to welcome Jesus and the holy spirits. Different people of world celebrate this festival in different ways, depending upon the resources available. There are many customs and traditions related to this holy festival, which are followed by devotees religiously till today. Along with the ritual, there are many superstitions related to the festival as well. For example, shoes are supposed to be an important part of a perfect dressing and personality. But shoes too have some superstitions and beliefs in relation with the festival of Christmas. We have listed few of the most significant ones for you. Take a quick look.

Christmas Rituals With Shoes

  • Never give shoes for Christmas gifts.
  • Giving a new pair of shoes as Christmas gifts would make your friends walk away from you.
  • Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day brings bad luck.
  • In Greece, burning old shoes during the Christmas season is said to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.
  • According to English customs, however, ‘If you do not give a new pair of shoes to a poor person at least once in your lifetime, you will go barefoot in the next world’, so English people often gift shoes as Christmas presents to the poor.
  • Unmarried girls may throw a shoe over their shoulders and towards the door. If the shoe lands with its toe pointing towards the door, the girl will marry within a year.
  • To prevent quarrelling on Christmas day, family members must place their shoes side by side on Christmas Eve.

 

Christmas At The Gas Station

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I found this on Face Book.

I thought I would share it with you.

 

The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He

didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.

Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up. “Thank you, but I don’t mean to intrude,” said the stranger. “I see you’re busy, I’ll just go.” “Not without something hot in your belly.” George said.

He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. “It ain’t much, but it’s hot and tasty. Stew … Made it myself. When you’re done, there’s coffee and it’s fresh.”

Just at that moment he heard the “ding” of the driveway bell. “Excuse me, be right back,” George said. There in the driveway was an old ’53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front. The driver was panicked. “Mister can you help me!” said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. “My wife is with child and my car is broken.” George opened the hood. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead. “You ain’t going in this thing,” George said as he turned away.

“But Mister, please help …” The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside. He went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck, and went back outside. He walked around the building, opened the garage, started the truck and drove it around to where the couple was waiting. “Here, take my truck,” he said. “She ain’t the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good.”

George helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night. He turned and walked back inside the office. “Glad I gave ’em the truck, their tires were shot too. That ‘ol truck has brand new .” George thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone. The Thermos was on the desk, empty, with a used coffee cup beside it. “Well, at least he got something in his belly,” George thought.

George went back outside to see if the old Chevy would start. It cranked slowly, but it started. He pulled it into the garage where the truck had been. He thought he would tinker with it for something to do. Christmas Eve meant no customers. He discovered the block hadn’t cracked, it was just the bottom hose on the radiator. “Well, shoot, I can fix this,” he said to
himself. So he put a new one on.

“Those tires ain’t gonna get ’em through the winter either.” He took the snow treads off of his wife’s old Lincoln. They were like new and he wasn’t going to drive the car anyway.

As he was working, he heard shots being fired. He ran outside and beside a police car an officer lay on the cold ground. Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, “Please help me.”

George helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic. He knew the wound needed attention. “Pressure to stop the bleeding,” he thought. The uniform company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels. He used those and duct tape to bind the wound. “Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin’,” he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.

“Something for pain,” George thought. All he had was the pills he used for his back. “These ought to work.” He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills. “You hang in there, I’m going to get you an ambulance.”

The phone was dead. “Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that there talk box out in your car.” He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two way radio.

He went back in to find the policeman sitting up. “Thanks,” said the officer. “You could have left me there. The guy that shot me is still in the area.”

George sat down beside him, “I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain’t gonna leave you.” George pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding. “Looks worse than what it is. Bullet passed right through ‘ya. Good thing it missed the important stuff though. I think with time your gonna be right as rain.”

George got up and poured a cup of coffee. “How do you take it?” he asked. “None for me,” said the officer. “Oh, yer gonna drink this. Best in the city. Too bad I ain’t got no donuts.” The officer laughed and winced at the same time.

The front door of the office flew open. In burst a young man with a gun. “Give me all your cash! Do it now!” the young man yelled. His hand was shaking and George could tell that he had never done anything like this before.

“That’s the guy that shot me!” exclaimed the officer.

“Son, why are you doing this?” asked George, “You need to put the cannon away. Somebody else might get hurt.”

The young man was confused. “Shut up old man, or I’ll shoot you, too. Now give me the cash!”

The cop was reaching for his gun. “Put that thing away,” George said to the cop, “we got one too many in here now.”

He turned his attention to the young man. “Son, it’s Christmas Eve. If you need money, well then, here. It ain’t much but it’s all I got. Now put that pea shooter away.”

George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time. The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry. “I’m not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son,” he went on. “I’ve lost my job, my rent is due, my car got repossessed last week.”

George handed the gun to the cop. “Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can.”

He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. “Sometimes we do stupid things.” George handed the young man a cup of coffee. “Bein’ stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin’ in here with a gun ain’t the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we’ll sort this thing out.”

The young man had stopped crying. He looked over to the cop. “Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I’m sorry officer.” “Shut up and drink your coffee ” the cop said. George could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door, guns drawn. “Chuck! You ok?” one of the cops asked the wounded officer.

“Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?”

GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread. Who did this?” the other cop asked as he approached the young man.

Chuck answered him, “I don’t know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran.”

George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other.

“That guy work here?” the wounded cop continued. “Yep,” George said, “just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job.”

The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, “Why?”

Chuck just said, “Merry Christmas boy … and you too, George, and thanks for everything.”

“Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there. That ought to solve some of your problems.”

George went into the back room and came out with a box. He pulled out a ring box. “Here you go, something for the little woman. I don’t think Martha would mind. She said it would come in handy some day.”

The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw. “I can’t take this,” said the young man. “It means something to you.”

“And now it means something to you,” replied George. “I got my memories. That’s all I need.”

George reached into the box again. An airplane, a car and a truck appeared next. They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell. “Here’s something for that little man of yours.”

The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.

“And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with? You keep that too,” George said. “Now git home to your family.”

The young man turned with tears streaming down his face. “I’ll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good.”

“Nope. I’m closed Christmas day,” George said. “See ya the day after.”

George turned around to find that the stranger had returned. “Where’d you come from? I thought you left?”

“I have been here. I have always been here,” said the stranger. “You say you don’t celebrate Christmas. Why?”

“Well, after my wife passed away, I just couldn’t see what all the bother was. Puttin’ up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree. Bakin’ cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn’t the same by myself and besides I was gettin’ a little chubby.”

The stranger put his hand on George’s shoulder. “But you do celebrate the holiday, George. You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry. The woman with child will bear a son and he will become a great doctor.

The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists. The young man who tried to rob you will make you a rich man and not take any for himself. “That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man.”

George was taken aback by all this stranger had said. “And how do you know all this?” asked the old man.

“Trust me, George. I have the inside track on this sort of thing. And when your days are done you will be with Martha again.”

The stranger moved toward the door. “If you will excuse me, George, I have to go now. I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned.”

George watched as the old leather jacket and the torn pants that the stranger was wearing turned into a white robe. A golden light began to fill the room.

“You see, George … it’s My birthday. Merry Christmas.”

George fell to his knees and replied, “Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus”

Merry Christmas!!

This story is better than any greeting card.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS!

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