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Down Under Advent Calendar of Chrissy Stories
GREAT ACTIVITIES FOR THE 2013 SILLY SEASON
By Kathy Campbell
Balboa PressCopyright © 2013 Kathy Campbell
All rights reserved.
Happy Christmas from the little black dog!
The little black dog's Boxing Day idea
The Little Black Dog Makes Every Day Christmas
Every Christmas the little black dog barked happily at all the peace and joy of the festive season. He loved Christmas, and he wished every day could be Christmas. He knew that Christmas was not full of peace or joy for many people all over the world, and he wanted to help. He asked lots of questions and he discovered lots about charities that help to make Christmas special for poor families all over the world. LBD decided to join the helpers. When the sun awoke on Boxing Day, so did LBD. He collected all of his Christmas money and went to the shops. He spent all day taking advantage of all the sales. After he had spent all of his money, he was very sad.
He did not have enough gifts for all of the people in the world. Suddenly he got a new idea. The little black dog asked all of his friends to ask all of their friends for their left-over wool. He began to knit beautiful gifts for all of the poor people in the world.
When he ran out of knitting ideas, he asked for more material. He sewed many special gifts for all the less fortunate people. The little black dog was very happy because every day he did something to make Christmas special for a needy family somewhere in the world.
By the middle of the year, LBD had a room full of shoe boxes filled with treasures. He took them to a special place where he helped other people pack the boxes into cartons. There were clothes and toys, books and games, and lots of things to make people's lives better.
When all of the special boxes were filled, packed, and ready for shipping, the little black dog looked at his calendar. It was nearly the first of December, and the little black dog had lots to do for his own Christmas. The little black dog barked happily. For many people Christmas comes but once a year, but for the little black dog the year was full of Christmas cheer!
The little black dog tells the story of why Christmas was so special to his family.
Why Christmas Was So Special to the Little Black Dog
A young pair of dogs immigrated to Australia to begin a new life in an exciting, plentiful country. They had lots of dreams to fulfill. At first they were very sad because they had left all of their family behind in the old country. Soon they began to meet people. Their neighbours were very kind, and they became good friends.
Many years passed, and the lovely dogs had lots of wonderful friends. Then one day they discovered that they were going to have a puppy. Everyone was very excited. ,To their delight and surprise, the little black dog was born on December 25, Christmas Day. The mother and father dog decided that from that day on, every Christmas Day would be very special because now they were a family.
Each year mother made beautiful decorations and special Christmas treats for everyone to eat. Father decorated the house and garden with lights, sleighs, reindeer, and lots of Christmas boxes with bows and ribbons. The little black dog loved all the fun and excitement of Christmas and his birthday. He always got to help with the cooking and decorating.
When the little black dog grew up and his parents became very old, he carried on the family tradition of making his house sparkle with the joy and love of Christmas. Each year people would come from all over to see the beautiful Christmas decorations on the little black dog's house. Many people would stop and talk to the little black dog. He would tell them about his parents' house and how special Christmas was for them. The little black dog's house was always very happy, because the little black dog treated every day as if it were Christmas. He wanted to enjoy the peace, love, and joy of Christmas every day, just as he did on his birthday.
A recipe for a special Chrissy sweet
1 cup of castor sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon of vinegar
1 tablespoon corn our
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.
Separate egg whites and place in a clean dry bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Beat until stiff. Continue to beat egg whites while adding the sugar one tablespoon at a time until mixture is shiny. Fold in the remaining ingredients.
Pour the mixture onto a greased and lined baking tray. Place into preheated oven for thirty minutes. Turn oven to 100 degrees C and cook for one hour. Turn off oven and leave pavlova (pav) until oven cools or overnight.
Before serving the pav, cover with whipped cream and fresh fruits of your choice.
Do you know why pav was created by an Aussi chef and how it got its name?.
The little black dog waits for December.
The Little Black Dog Waits for December
The little black dog loved Christmas. He could hardly wait for December to arrive. When Saturday, December 1 arrived, the little black dog awoke with the sun. He jumped out of bed and went straight to the shed. He brought lots of boxes into the house and began to search through them. Out of one came a Christmas tablecloth decorated with trees for his kitchen table. Next he pulled out a beautiful Christmas quilt for his bed. Then he unearthed some Christmas candles for the dining room and lots of Christmas towels for the bathroom. Last he found his handmade advent calendar. He carefully filled all of the pockets for each day of December with a special treat before hanging it over the back of the couch. LBD loved Christmas. That Sunday, December 2, he spent all day baking his special Christmas treats, which he stored away for later—except for the gingerbread house. He placed it in the middle of the kitchen table on his beautiful tablecloth. He really loved Christmas.
The next Saturday, December 8, the little black dog awoke with the sun. He jumped out of bed and went straight to the shed for more boxes. All day long he decorated the outside of his house. He dangled icicle lights from the guttering, and he hooked flashing lights all around the tin rooftop. He put a sleigh and reindeer on the front lawn. He put a Santa on the chimney. He put coloured flashing lights on all of the trees in his garden. He placed decorated boxes in the sleigh. Last he hung holly and lolly covered wreaths on all of the doors. He loved Christmas. Sunday, December 9, he used spray snow to make pictures on the inside of all his windows. He hung lights around all of the windows so that the pictures glowed in the dark. He loved Christmas.
The next Saturday, December 15, the little black dog awoke with the sun. He jumped out of bed and again went straight to his shed for more boxes. He carefully put them in the house before driving to the Christmas tree farm. There a very nice boy helped him choose the perfect tree; it smelled like a pine forest. He loaded it in his trusty old ute and took it home. There he put it up in the middle of his big front window for all to enjoy. He placed lights and decorations all over the tree and put a golden angel on the very top. Finally he set his homemade crib with a baby doll under the tree. He hung his handmade stocking on the replace. He loved Christmas. That Sunday, December 16 he sat at his desk and wrote letters to all of his friends. He placed each letter inside of a Christmas card. He wrote, "special delivery," on the card to Santa. After sealing the last card he walked down the street and posted the lot. He loved Christmas.
On Saturday, December 22, the little black dog drove to the Dandenong Market, where he bought nuts, cranberries, a ham, and bonbons. He bought Christmas napkins and carrots for the reindeer. He loved Christmas. That Sunday, December 23, the little black dog checked his Christmas list and made sure he was all ready for Santa. Finally, he wrapped all of the gifts for his family and friends; he tied bows and name tags on each one. He placed all of the gifts under his tree, which was now ready for Christmas Day. All he had to do now was to wait for his favourite day. He loved Christmas.
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Table of Contents
Author's Note.................... 1
The Little Black Dog Makes Every Day Christmas.................... 4
Why Christmas Was So Special to the Little Black Dog.................... 5
The Little Black Dog Waits for December.................... 7
The Little Black Dog's Christmas Song.................... 10
The Little Black Dog's Christmas Play.................... 11
LBD Creates His Own Christmas Cards.................... 14
The Little Black Dog's Special Christmas Cake.................... 15
The Little Black Dog's Own Christmas Song.................... 17
The Little Black Dog Attends Christmas Eve Mass.................... 19
The Little Black Dog's Favorite Aussie Christmas Story.................... 22
The Little Black Dog Waits Up for Santa.................... 49
The Little Black Dog's Christmas Day at Last.................... 52
The Little Black Dog's Christmas Day Comes to an End.................... 53
The Best Pressie Ever.................... 54
Merry Christmas.................... 56
About the Author.................... 57