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Good afternoon HeartTouchers readers!

Today I share a Christmas story as only Roger Dean Kiser, Sr. can write....

From my family to yours,

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By Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

I was very excited and I was smiling from ear to ear. It was several days before Christmas and all of we children from the Children?s Home Society Orphanage had been loaded in several large buses. We were being taken to the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Jacksonville, Florida to attend a Christmas party for under privileged kids.

We stood behind our assigned seats until the man on the stage said a prayer. Then he told everyone to sit down. Within minutes we were served a meal which was fit for a king. We were served our meals on glass plates. Plates filled with large pieces of meat and lots of green vegetables. There were two big puffy rolls, with real butter, on a small dish beside each and every plate. I ate until I could eat no more. I remember thinking how nice it would be to eat that kind of food everyday. How wonderful it would be to go to bed at night without my stomach hurting.

As we ate there were people performing some type of a Christmas play up on the large platform. All at once the lights dimmed and everyone became quiet. When the lights were turned back up Santa Clause came walking out onto the stage. The kids went wild with excitement. Everyone began clapping their hands and yelling as loud as they could. I too was excited inside but I knew better than to yell out loud or to jump up and scream. Mrs. Winters, the head matron, sat only three seats from me. She had made it very clear to everyone that we were to conduct ourselves in ? a proper manner? and that there was to be ?no yelling or screaming?. So I just sat there with my hands underneath my legs. But I sure wanted to yell out ?cause I was real happy inside.

One orphanage at a time was led up onto the stage and each kid was handed a gift by Santa Clause himself. ?Please let me get a large gift.? I kept saying to myself. As the line became shorter and shorter my turn finally came. Santa looked at me. He smiled and then he winked at me. Then he reached over and he handed me a large box which had two gold ribbons on it. As I leaned to take the box I tripped and I fell to my knees. Santa reached over and he helped me to my feet.

?Move it along Kiser.? Yelled out Mrs. Winters.

I was now leaning against Santa Clauses leg and I was looking directly into his eyes. His face was less than an inch from mine.

?Can I hug you Santa?? I asked him.

The next thing I knew Mrs. Winters had snatched me up by my shirt collar and was pulling me away from the line of children. Santa stood up and he raised his hand into the air and he yelled out: ?MA?AM, PLEASE. THESE ARE LITTLE CHILDREN.?

Mrs. Winters never even looked back. She just kept on walking and pushing me down the stairs which led back into the eating area. I sat down in my chair and I just sat there crying. Once in a while I would look up at the stage to see if my gift was still sitting by Santa Clause.

When the party was over we kids were herded back to our busses. We all lined up waiting to board.

"HO HO HO" I heard coming from behind me.

As I turned around there stood Santa Clause holding my large box. He sat the box down on the ground beside me. Then he knelt down and he hugged my neck as hard as he could.

?Am I a children?? I whispered to him.

?You?re a good children.? He said, as he let go of my neck.

When I looked up into his face I saw something that no one else in the world has ever seen. I saw that Santa himself had been crying.

Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

Write Roger and let him know your thoughts on his story!

Published author and internet writer Roger Dean Kiser's stories take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family and abused by the system responsible for his care. Through his stories he relives the sadness and cruelty of growing up an orphan in the early 1950s. Today Kiser lives in Brunswick, Georgia with his wife Judy, where he continues to write. Publishing most of his work on his internet web site

It is through his writing that Kiser has begun healing the pain, suffering and sadness of the orphan within him. Unknowingly at first and by the power of the internet Kiser's stories have touched millions. In the vain of Mark Twain Roger Dean Kiser's collection of almost 400 stories have captured the drama and emotion of not only his childhood but of his current day tales. Kiser's short stories carry with them strong images and feelings that search out and find that common thread which connects each of us to our own emotions.

Roger Dean Kiser is the author of the book "Orphan, A True Story of Abandonment, Abuse and Redemption." Visit his website at:


Thought For The Day:

"One reason the dog has so many friends: he wags his tail instead of his tongue."

Verse for the Day:

"An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends." --Proverbs 16:28

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"A good marriage is the union of two forgivers." --Ruth Bell Graham

Coach's Thought For The Day

"Nothing makes a player more productive than the last minute." --John Kessel

Writer's Thought For The Day

"A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor." --Ring Lardner

Deep Thought For The Day:

On a sign outside a church:
"This is a C H _ _ C H ... what's missing?"


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Dear Michael,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever! Love, Trisha Silverhill, AL

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