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    Won’t Be A Silent Night

    | NJ, USA | Children, Grandchildren, Grandparents, Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (I am at my mother’s helping her put up her Christmas decorations.)

    Son: “Daddy, how come you got a fake tree?”

    Me: “So it won’t make a mess, and grandma can use it again.”

    Son: “Well, that’s not nice. Jesus would want a real tree.”

    Grandma: “Well, grandma doesn’t want a real nice mess.”

    Son: *yelling* “Why won’t you buy Jesus nice things?!”

    A Santa Clause, Part 2

    | NJ, USA | Children, Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters

    (I am about 10 years old, and around the holidays I walk up to my mom.)

    Me: “Mom, is Santa real?”

    Mom: “Do you want presents for Christmas?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Mom: “Then Santa’s real.”

    (To this day I have never questioned the existence of Santa in front of my mom, and I am now 23!)

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    It Isn’t Butter-Beer

    | NC, USA | Siblings

    (My youngest brother is 20 years younger than me. I take him around with me as I run errands. The week before New Years, I stop at the ABC liquor store with him in tow. He is awed by all of the creative bottles.)

    Brother: “Are these potions?”

    Me: “Yes, but only for grown-ups…”

    December 2012 Top Story Roundup

    Not Always Related | Roundups

    December 2012 Top Story Roundup: Here are Not Always Related’s top-rated stories for the month of December!

    1. A Happy Ending Is In The Cards (862 thumbs up)
    2. Seek Comfort In Cousins (780 thumbs up)
    3. More Than A Whinge About The Syringe (709 thumbs up)
    4. The Magic Of Childhood (686 thumbs up)
    5. They Age So Fast, Ink And You’ll Miss Them (565 thumbs up)

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    There Is No Flip-Side To This Argument

    | MA, USA | Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters

    (It’s Christmas. I’ve gotten my dad a CD collection of some of his favourite radio programs from the 40s and 50s. I return to the family room after helping my mom in the kitchen to find my dad on his hands and knees in front of the stereo cabinet, trying to figure out how to play his present.)

    Dad: *plaintively* “Help.”

    Me: *kneels down* “Start by opening the tray.”

    (I push the button and it pops out. Note that it’s a 5-disc changer.)

    Dad: “So, I put one in each slot?”

    Me: “Yup! There you go. Just make sure you load them in order.”

    Dad: “But if I put them all in at once, won’t it only play one side before going to the next one? Does it tell you when to flip it over?”

    Me: “Erm, dad. CDs aren’t like records. They only have one side.”

    Dad: “Really? Isn’t that a waste of space?”


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