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"The Glitter Card"
copyrighted 1997-2004 by B. Heran

"Mommy, mommy look at the beautiful glitter card", the little girl said.
"Yes Amanda, it is a beautiful card. Would you like me to buy it for you?",
asked her mother.
Amanda nodded her head yes.  Amanda didn't know who to send the glitter
card to. The stars were shining so bright on the card,  it was as if the
card was trying to tell her something.
Amanda wondered what this special card was trying to say.
It was two days before Christmas when her Uncle Gerard came and
 visited her. Amanda showed him her special glitter card and asked him
if he knew what the card was trying to tell her.
"Well Amanda, I think this card is very very special and you must
decide what to do with it. You can send it to your parents,
friends, aunts, uncles or can give it away to someone special."
said Uncle Gerard. Amanda didn't want to mail it to anyone,
or give it away. She wanted to keep it forever. Amanda told
her Uncle that she would keep the card until it told her what to do.
Her Uncle laughed, patted her head and gave her $5.00.

On Christmas Eve, Amanda went downtown to the toy store.
 She loved looking in the windows and she knew that Santa Claus
would be giving her everything she had on her Christmas list.
Standing next to Amanda was a mother and child. They were dressed
 in torn clothes that didn't look very warm. The little girl
asked her mommy if Santa Claus would know they were living in
their car and would he bring her a gift this year?
The little girl's mommy had the saddest eyes Amanda ever saw.
With a small tear falling down her face the mother told her
little girl, she hoped Santa Claus wouldn't forget them.
Amanda pulled the glitter card out of her pocket, looked at it and
 then realized what the special glitter card was telling her.
Amanda reached into her other pocket, took out the $5.00
Uncle Gerard had given her and handed the card and the money to
 the mother. Amanda ran all the way home. She was happy she
was able to help someone, but she missed her special glitter card.

Through out Amanda's life, at Christmas time she always remembered
 the "special glittered card" she once had. She had told her children
 and grandchildren the story of her special card and how one card
and $5.00 helped make a Merry Christmas for one family.

One cold Christmas Eve, Amanda was sitting alone on a park bench.
A girl came over to Amanda and asked her why she was crying.
Amanda told the little girl, that her husband died
two years ago, her children have all moved away and she was all alone.
The girl reached into her pocket and pulled out an old tattered card and
handed it to Amanda saying: "Please take this card. Many many years ago
 someone gave this card and $5.00 to my great-grandmother on
 Christmas Eve.  Great Granny told me it was the best Christmas they
 ever had." Amanda was shocked to see it was the card she gave away
 so many years ago. She was just about to tell the girl, that she
was the one who have the card to her great-grandmother, when the girl
 reached into her other pocket and pulled out $5.00 . She handed
Amanda the money and said: "Please hold onto this card until
 you find someone "special" to pass it onto" With that the girl
 ran away. As Amanda was looking at the glittered card, she was shocked
to see all the stars start to move.  Instead of a group of shining stars
they now were grouped together to form one bright shining star.
 Amanda now realize what this card was telling her so many years ago.
Christmas isn't about gifts, toys, parties or pretty clothes.
Christmas is about love and sharing!

Always remember....
What comes around goes around....
And remember to share that Star that shines in your heart.......

author  © Barbara Heran
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