Every family has at least one story that gets repeated every Christmas, and in mine it's this one. Everything described in this story is something that actually happened, including all of the little details.
This Christmas is the 20-year anniversary of the event described here, so my mother asked me to upload this story so she could share it with her friends. I wrote this story in December 2002, on the ten-year anniversary of the event. I don't feel like it's quite up to the current standards of my writing, but I also feel like my writing of this story on the ten-year anniversary is itself something of a piece of family history now.
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