Stanley the Snowman
Value: The Story of Hanukah
A man wrote a very fun little Christmas song called â€œFrosty the Snowmanâ€ and you all know it pretty
well. Why donâ€™t you sing a little of it because I tell you the true story of Frosty the Snowman?
All done? Good, well what you donâ€™t know that most of the Christmas stories you know about, even the
silly ones, started as a true story but the songwriters change them some so they make good songs. Well
thatâ€™s especially true with the story of Frosty. But his name wasnâ€™t Frosty. It was Stanley. You
have to admit â€œStanley the snowman was a jolly happy soul.â€ sounds pretty silly.
Stanley was built by Jack and Susan and their dad two days before Christmas. Jack was in 4th grade and
Susan was in 5th and they made sure Stanley had lots of good clothes to wear and extra good things for his
eyes, nose and mouth. See their daddy told them that an ancient custom tells us that if you make a snowman
realistic enough, he will come to life. Itâ€™s not a bad theory. This Christmas, you and your family see if
you make a super good snowman and you might have an adventure like the one I am telling you about too.
Stanley did come to life that night. Dad waited up and watched him begin to step out on his new snow legs
and begin to explore the world. Your dad is aware of a lot of magic he hasnâ€™t told you about yet so
listen when he tells his stories. They are all true. Stanley didnâ€™t just dance around all night though.
Before Jack and Susan met him Christmas eve day, he had build a very nice snowman home, a little house
for his snow dog if jack and Susan were to make him one and a snow car although it didnâ€™t actually
Jack and Susan were pretty shy when they got up early that morning and saw Stanley happily making his
house. Finally, Jack led Susan out to meet the magical snowman.
â€œHello?â€™ Jack said timidly.
â€œHello isnâ€™t a question.â€ Stanley said and he put his big snow head back and laughed.
â€œYou are alive. Just like daddy said.â€ Susan said. â€œHow can it be?â€ She gasped still a little afraid.
â€œWell Susan,â€ Stanley explained. â€œEvery Christmas, there is so much magic and miracle power in
the air because of the coming of Christ, some of it leaks out onto silly snowmen like me.â€ He bowed low
bending at his snowman waist. â€œI am Stanley. I am here to play with you.â€
â€œHOORAY!â€ the children yelled and they stopped being afraid and ran and played with Stanley with all
their might. Stanley was pretty good at finding games and they rode on his shoulders as he went all over
town, meeting their friends and teachers and the Minster at their church too.
â€œI have heard of the Christmas miracle.â€ Pastor Kelly said, â€œbut you are a whole different kind of
miracle arenâ€™t you Stanley?â€ He laughed.
As the sun went down, it was finally Christmas Eve. Jack and Susan sipped hot cocoa mommy made inside
of Stanleyâ€™s wonderful snowman house. â€œYou are the best Christmas present ever Stanley.â€ Susan
said and she hugged his neck getting snow on her cheeks.
â€œBut there are so many wonderful presents to have Susan. What would be the best present in the whole
world?â€ Stanley asked.
â€œI donâ€™t know Stanleyâ€ Jack said feeling confused a little.
â€œWell letâ€™s go see.â€ The magical snowman said. Just like that, they were flying through the night
sky just like Santa but holding onto Stanley snow hands for all they could. They stopped at a big palace of a
mighty king. â€œThese children have a castle and they are princes and princesses. Maybe I should make
you the kings kids for a Christmas present.â€ He said loudly so the guards nearby got nervous.
â€œNo, â€œSusan said shyly. I wouldnâ€™t be able to run and play with everyone, just other princesses, I
wouldnâ€™t like that. Show us more.â€
And Stanley did. They flew like the wind passing birds and airplanes and knocking on the windows to spell
out Merry Christmas in the frost as they flew next to them going wherever Stanley wanted to go. They saw
children who go wonderful stables full of horses, others that got staring roles in the best movies just because
their parents were powerful and rich. They even met children who wished to become an eagle and fly high
in the sky or any animal they wanted and the magic of Christmas made it all so. Stanley said because of the
powerful magic of Christmas, all of these things could be theirs. Jack and Susan loved the wonderful travel
and seeing so many amazing and exotic things but finally Susan said. â€œStanley can we go home?â€
Back at their back yard, Stanley served them cookies in his little home again. â€œBut why donâ€™t you
want the most expensive presents and ponies and all these things. After all, Christmas brings that kind of
magic.â€ He asked.
â€œWell,â€ Jack said. â€œThe more we flew, the more I knew it wouldnâ€™t be Christmas unless it was
with our mommy and our daddy in our little house with regular presents. Somehow, those presents
donâ€™t mean Christmas to me.
â€œMe too, Stanley. Something was missing from all that and that thing, whatever it is, makes Christmas
â€œThen I know the most special present of all that will make Christmas more special than ever before.â€
Stanley said with a big snowman smile and he clapped his hands. Instantly Jack and Susan were in a stable.
They saw Mary and Joseph looking down. And then Joseph signaled that it was their turn to look.
â€œJack,â€ Susan said gasping with awe and wonder at where they were. â€œItâ€™s the baby Jesus.â€
And they stepped up and looked down at his innocent eyes and his sweet smile. Jack even reached down
and stroked his cheek. For his whole life, Jack never forgot how the skin of the newborn savior felt.
Outside of the stable, they ran to Stanley.
â€œThis is the present that is better than any we have seen tonight.â€ Jack said happily.
â€œThatâ€™s because God gave this present to give us life that can never end.â€ Stanley explained.
â€œHorses would go away, mansions would decay, toys would break or you would grow out of all those
things. But life eternal is something you will never stop using.â€
â€œIt feels like it really is Christmas now Stanley!â€ Susan said loudly and with that, they were instantly
on their porch.
â€œYou know it all along that nothing could compare with Jesus for the best Christmas present ever
didnâ€™t you?â€ Jack said to Stanley.
â€œYes Jack and I knew you knew it too. It was fun having an adventure but now its time to worship the
new born king.â€
â€œBut we donâ€™t want you to go Stanley.â€ Susan said with a small sob.
â€œI wonâ€™t be far away. Next Christmas build a snowman twice as good and we will have adventures a
hundred times better than these. But just like this Christmas Eve, we will end each night worshiping Jesus
for saving all people from their sins.â€
â€œHOORAY!â€ the kids shouted and they gave final snowy kisses and hugs to their wonderful friend and
ran inside to get on their best Christmas outfitâ€™s to go to church and truly praise Jesus for coming to fill
their lives with love and the joy of Christmas every year.
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