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The Gold Wrapping Paper - An Inspirational Short Christmas Story


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 was upset with 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 paper to decorate one shoe box she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoe box.


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 got upset with her.


But when he opened the shoe box, he found it was empty and again he was upset. "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."


The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.


In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and from our God on this Christmas. The kisses come in the form of Baby Jesus our Lord and Savior. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold. (1)

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