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NO TOYS FOR SISTER

Two-year-old Sarah and her 13-year-old sister who had been fighting a lot. Sarah’s parents, trying to take advantage of her newfound interest in Santa Claus, reminded the two-year-old that Santa was watching and doesn’t like it when children fight. This had little impact.

"I’ll just have to tell Santa about your misbehavior," her mother said as she picked up the phone and dialled. Sarah’s eyes grew big as her mother asked "Mrs. Claus" (really Sarah’s aunt; Santa’s real line was busy) if she could put Santa on the line. Sarah’s mouth dropped open as Mom described to Santa (Sarah’s uncle) how the two-year-old was acting. When Mom said Santa wanted to talk to her, she reluctantly took the phone.

Santa, in a deepened voice, explained to her how there would be no presents Christmas morning to children who fought with their sisters. He would be watching, and he expected things to be better from now on.

Sarah solemnly nodded to each of Santa’s remarks and silently hung the phone up when he was done. Mom asked, "What did Santa say to you, dear?" Sarah sadly said, "Santa said he won’t be bringing toys to my sister this year."

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