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The Christmas Ornament
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.34

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     challenging words:    frayed, hysterical, tarnish, topper, multicolored, various, translucent, spotless, properly, natural, ornament, gather, trapped, spruce, among, polished
     content words:    Christmas Day


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The Christmas Ornament
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     "Okay, everyone, gather around so we can start the meeting," said the Christmas angel tree topper. She had been in charge of these meetings for as long as anyone could remember. It only seemed natural for her to be in charge.
 
2     "My good friends," she began, "the big day is almost here. We have a lot of work to do. I want you Christmas lights to be sure to get all of the tangles out of your wires this year. Remember the mess we had last year?"
 
3     "Yes, ma'am," said the many strings of lights in unison.
 
4     The angel topper walked over to the box of glass ornaments. "Are you guys all ready for the big day? I want you to be polished and as shiny as you can be. Also, make sure you all have your hangers. Anyone without a hanger attached when it is time to be put on the tree may be put back in the box until next year. You all know what a disgrace that is. I don't have to tell you what happens to glass ornaments that don't have their hangers properly installed."
 
5     One of the yellow balls with red and blue glitter on it whispered to her neighbor, "What happens to ornaments without their hangers properly installed?"
 
6     The big red glass tear drop ball whispered back and said, "They can fall on the ground and be broken into a million pieces."
 
7     The yellow ball cringed.
 
8     "Quiet down back there, you two," said the Christmas angel. "Now, I want all the brass bells to be gleaming and spotless. There is to be no tarnish on anyone. You may be small little bells, but you can be just as proud as the big bells that ring in church steeples."
 
9     The beautiful Christmas angel walked back and forth among the boxes and rows of ornaments. Her long white dress glistened with little flecks of glitter, and her translucent wings glowed. Some of the decorations were afraid of the beautiful angel because she towered over them and commanded such respect, but most of them knew she loved each and every one of them.
 
10     "Now, garlands, you dears are looking a little tattered this year. Do your best to spruce yourself up and get rid of any frayed edges. I don't want to lose any of you this year, so let's do what we can to be our best."

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