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December 22, 1978

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1978 / Kislev, 5739 HERITAGE, Florida |ewlsh News NOJUllqB JUgK - C The Jewish Boy Who Wanted To Celebrate Christmas looked, out of the car window, at all of decorations. "Mom, this year, let's Christmas like everybody else!" said doesn't celebrate Christmas," "Christians celebrate Christ- ews like us celebrate Chanukah. Other their holidays." Mrs. Halpern parked the car, they went Department Store. Morn! There's Santa Claus!" said Art. to talk to him!" He tugged Mrs. Hal- and'tried to pull her over to Santa ess there's no harm in meeting Santa agreedMrs. Halpern. in the line of children until it was on Santa's lap. man. What do you want for asked Santa. Christmas," answered Ari. "t Understand you. What do you want asked Santa again. Christmas for Christmas," repeated Jewish. We don't celebrate Christ- why I want you to bring me stmas." ho!"laughed Santa. "That is a good boy asked Santa Claus for lto, ho, ho! Next, please!" Santa off his lap and signaled for the next her turn. over to his mother. "Santa ad as fooling," he cried. "He ,doesn't ly I really want Christmas. wiped her son's tears. "I know could celebrate Christmasi" said "'All of the television shows are now. The programs at school You feel like you are dif- think you are missing something." Along the way home, Art looked out at the Christmas decorations again. "Most people in our neighborhood are Christians," said Art. "They have pretty Christmas trees. They have presents under the tree. My best friend Bertrand gets to celebrate Christmas, but not me." When Christmas morning finally came, Ari rushed into his living room. "I see Santa Claus didn't bring me Christmas," he said sadly. "Maybe he did," said Mrs. Hsdpern. "Come with me. We are going to the Children's Hos- pital. The children stay in the hospital because they need special care. On Christmas, they feel lonely and left out. We at'e giving them a Christ- mas party." Several people were waiting outside the hos- pital when they arrived. A man was holding a large bag filled with presents. The Visitors" went inside the hospital. The patients were waiting for them in a large audi- torium. Some of the boys and girls had crutches to help them walk and a few children sat in wheelchairs. "Why do they look so sad?" whispered Art. "They are probably remembering Christmas at home," said Mrs. Halpern. "Maybe they are wishing they were home again. We hope our party will cheer them up." The visitors started to sing Christmas songs. Most of the patients sang too. A nurse came over to Art. "A girl can't come to the party," said the nurse. "Would you take a present to her?" Art and his mother followed the nurse to the patient's room. The girl was in her bed. "She's asleep," said Art: "She always looks like she is asleep," explain- ed the nurse. "She never opens her eyes, and she never talks. We don't know if she can hear us or if she knows we are here with her." Ari put a little present next to the girl's pillow. He turned to walk away but Mrs. tlal- pern stopped him. She put Ari's hand in the girl's hand. Ari was uncomfortable. He didn't know what to say or do, so he started singing, "Jingle bells, jingle bells..." When he finished the song, he said, "Merry Christmas, little girl." Then a surprising thing happened. The girl squeezed Ari's hand! Her eyes were closed and she looked like she was asleep. But Ari felt her squeeze his hand! "She heard me!" Ari said. "She squeezed my hand!" "We didn't know if she could hear us!" said the nurse. "It's a miracle[" Ari squeezed the girl's hand. "Merry Christ- mas!" he said again. Soon it was time for all of the visitors to leave so the patients could rest. When the Halperns got home, Ari said, "I think I know about Christmas and Chanukah now. Christmas is not just about Santa and pres- ents and TV shows and Christmas trees. Chanu- kah is not just about lighting candles and getting presents. Chanukah and Christmas are also about being with people, "and shining happy feelings." Ari ran out of the room. In a few minutes he came hack with a pencil cad paper. "We need to write Sata s letter," said Ari. "Just in case Santa Claus meets somebody like me next year, I want to tell him how this Jewish boy celebrated Christmas." - by Dcbbie Dubin Copyright, 1978 *ke Ark. ao ! Meet the Editors of NOAH'S ARK Id like to introduce you to the people who bring you NOAH'S edilors -- publishers -- Debbie Israel Dunbin and Linda In Bh)ck. e has writlen many stories for children, especially for lewish l]ehbie has been to Israel and has taught children in synago/gue as. Well as led and organized youth groups. Linda Freedman Block is a law librarian. She too, likes children and has worked with youngster, in |ewish youth groups and ]ewish Community Center Day Camps. Both ladies work hard to bring you lots of fun and entertainment in NOAH'S ARK. They also try to keep you informed on Jewish holidays, olher Jewish chihtren and what's happening in Israel. Debbie and Linda are both looking forward to receiving your ideas, stories anti a! work to be published. Don't forget to look for NOAH'S ARK every month.