A Brown and Crackley Orniment Named Never

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The story of a Christmas orniment who wanted to be a very beautiful red, green, and gold and therefor very special and the most important orniment on the tree, but instead came out all brown and crackley. Santa teaches him that beauty and importance is truely in the eye of the beholder.

Submitted: November 28, 2007

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A Brown and Crackly Christmas Ornament Named Never

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???? Once upon a time, long ago, in Santa’s toy factory, the elves were making Christmas ornaments. Ornaments of all kinds, sizes, and colors. Now it was Asgood’s job to give to each ornament a name. Santa picked Asgood because he was the oldest and wisest of all of the elves. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows and was round as he was tall, with a laugh and a smile that made everyone happy just to be near him.??

?Now, picking names was a big responsibility, and Asgood took it very seriously. Being the wisest elf, he understood that all of the ornaments wanted to be the star at the top of the tree. He also knew that everyone could not be the star, and that from the top of the tree to the lowest branch, all of the ornaments had very special rolls to play and they were all important. So Asgood assigned names to those ornaments that he knew could do their job very well.??

? Late on Christmas Eve, and with only 10 ornaments left to paint, Sucrot, the painter? had been painting a red ornament, then a green ornament, then a gold one, had to sneeze. Cerchooeee! And over went the paints and the ornaments. The paints all ran together, and all of the unpainted ornaments broke except one. Quickly, Sucrot dabbed his brush into the paint, but the gold had run into the red, which ran into the green. He quickly painted the ornament, hoping it would be a lovely red, green, and gold striped ornament. But when it dried, it was all brown and kind of crackly. No one would want a brown and crackly Christmas ornament!??Sucrot sadly took the brown ornament to Asgood and explained what happened. Being a very wise elf, Asgood thought for a while; he knew Santa would need every ornament, and there was not time to make more. Hmm! He said as he ran his fingers through his beard. There had never been a brown and crackly Christmas ornament before. So he named the little brown ornament Never.?

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???? Never had always hoped to be a beautiful red or gold ornament, hung high on the tree every year, shining throughout the season. He was so disappointed to be BROWN and Crackly. He just knew he would be hung on the bottom of the tree and in the back where no one would see him.??sgood didn’t exactly know what to do with Never, but he did know Santa would need all of the ornaments. So Asgood went to Santa, who was very busy with the children’s lists and packing his slay. "Excuse me Santa", Asgood said. "I know you are very busy but I have a problem ornament". Never felt sad. He had never been called a problem before. Asgood quickly explained about the last few ornaments being broken, all except one. Santa said, "Oh, that will not be a problem. The number of ornaments will be just perfect". "But Santa, there is just one more problem", Asgood said, "I named the ornament Never". "Never"? Said Santa. "But there has never been an ornament named Never!" Asgood explained, "You see Santa; there has never been an ornament like Never. The paints all ran together when Sucrot sneezed. He tried to fix it, but Never came out all brown and crackly".?
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? Santa looked puzzled, Hmm! "A brown and crackly Christmas ornament? You’re right Asgood, there has never been a brown and crackly Christmas ornament before." Never felt even sadder after hearing Santa say that. Santa thought for a moment; tugging at his ear, and twitching his shiny red nose. "I have it Asgood! Santa said smiling. This will be a very important assignment for our little Never. I want you to pack Never into a special box marked Miggs".??

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? The ornaments were loaded into Santa’s sleigh along with all of the toys and off they flew. Stopping at first one house then another. When Santa got to Tyler and SueAnn’s house, he unloaded the toys and the ornaments. Just as in every other year, Mrs. Miggs had left him warm cocoa and a few of her very famous chocolate chip cookies. He always looked forward to them. He knew Mrs. Miggs was a very special mom who was more than a good cookie baker. He knew she also was raising two very special children. You see; Tyler and SueAnn were blind.??
Later, Mr.and Mrs. Miggs got up and began to put up the tree. The star went on top. When Mrs. Miggs went into the box to get the next ornament she noticed the special box marked "MIGGS" with Never setting there all brown and crackly. "Oh!" She said. "How special! An ornament that is different. One that Tyler and SueAnn could feel is different. How beautiful". Quickly she picked up Never and hung him right at the top of the tree next to the star. Right in front.?hristmas morning, Tyler and SueAnn awoke all excited about the tree that smelled so good, and all of their new toys. Mrs.Miggs sat them down and told them she had something very special for them, a new and very beautiful ornament on their tree. Mr. Miggs held them up to touch Never. Tyler said it was beautiful, he had never "seen" such an ornament. SueAnn said she could feel it glow all warm and Christmassy. Mrs. Miggs explained it was all brown and crackly. Like a nut. It was the symbol of new life, just like baby Jesus was a new life.?
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??? And so it was, that Never, the little brown and crackly Christmas ornament got to feel he was just as special and important as all of the rest of the ornaments.

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