The Gold Wrapping Paper

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THE GOLD WRAPPING PAPER

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year, a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family's only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold wrapping paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.


Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy!"

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. "Don't you know, young lady," he said harshly, "when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside the package!"

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: "Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full."


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To Everyone in Blogland: This is an old story, told a million different ways, some of which have sad endings. I am always positive, so to me the message is simple - Please love your kids during this festive season, every minute of every day, every year. Happy Holidays!   JJ
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  1. Karen: Thank you, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  2. I fussed at my daughters about something insignificant the night before they threw me a lovely surprise retirement party that they had planned for months. I could have crawled into a shoebox. So good advice for all times of the year. I'm going to go tell them I love them right now.

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  3. Galen: What is the old saying: "We always hurt the ones we love." Those insignificant things occasionally plague all of us. This time of year, I try to remember that. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  4. Oh for sure this is my greatest blessing in life...and yes, love and cherish the grandchildren as well, but don't ever forget their parents...ever....

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  5. Karen S: I could never. Merry Christmas.

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  6. Beautiful JJ, thank you. And Merry Christmas to you and your Family and Friends.

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  7. Oh boy JJ ... How true are your words & the sentiment in this little story. I love the message it sends. The most important gifts in life itself are the lives of those we love. A Box of Kisses ... melts my heart!!
    Thank you for this beautiful little story! Wishing you and yours all a wonderful Christmas. x

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  8. FanaticoUm: Thank you, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  9. Katherine: Thank you, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  10. The best present of all :-)

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that 2012 is full of love, laughter and happiness.

    C x

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  11. Carol: Thanks so much, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  12. Thanks for the reminder, JJ! Will take your advice to heart over the next couple of days. Merry Christmas.

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  13. #167 Dad: Thank you, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

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  14. What a poignant story...I very much enjoyed it. I found your blog thru the blog hop, I am your newest follower, I am hoping you'll follow back??
    Merry Christmas!

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  15. Sissy: Thank you for your comments, and thanks for following. I will follow back. Merry Christmas to you!

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