Tradition: noun, the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice:
Five years ago, I reawakened an old memory from my time as a young boy in Cumberland. Back then, the Pawtucket Times—a local newspaper rivaling the Providence Journal—published a serialized story over the two weeks leading up to Christmas.
In that pre-historic, pre-instant gratification time, one had to accomplish two monumental tasks. You had to sit and read each chapter and, as unbelievable as it may seem, you had to wait an entire day for each chapter to arrive.
There was no streaming or on-demand. One had to learn patience and to live with anticipation.
I decided to resurrect the concept. Little did I know that the response would be both heartwarming and encouraging. At the tender age of five, I’m uncertain this qualifies as a tradition, but I will continue to write it as long as time allows.
And so on December 10, 2023, the tradition will continue with the first installment of this year’s Christmas story called “The Secondhand Elf.”
As in the past I will write the story each day as it occurs to me. The only thing planned is the title. Where the story leads will be something we all experience as it happens. The only advantage I will have is I will see it evolve moments before you, my dear readers.
To prepare for the event, here is the link to the beginning of last year’s story, A Christmas Tale. I do hope you’ll take some of your precious time and read it again, or for the first time, and I hope you’ll enjoy this year’s saga.
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