Gloria… The Christmas Angel

My “Last ” Christmas Story at the 5 O’ Clock Children’s Christmas Eve Service

Dear Reader:

Gloria is the ” underdog ” we all love rooting for… even if she is an angel! Because, in spite of her status Gloria represents all of us at different stages in our lives when we feel that we seem stuck in the wrong place at the wrong times. Yet… we never give up hope that at some cosmic moment in history we will be at the right place at the right time and it is this hope that keeps us faithful and trusting in God and His direction and path!

Gloria is klutzy, unkempt, and always late for everything in life… until the day she isn’t! Until she, alone, announces God’s Son to the World! We ended the story with everyone singing Angels We have Heard on High… belting out the ” Gloria ” refrain! It was so much fun!

Ann Graves sent some pictures-it was outdoors with fairy white lights strung in the trees, white candles-it was simply beautiful-I could not have ended 31 years of storytelling in a better environment!

You see my brother Ben was there too-I had picked him up earlier in the day!

Ann wrote this thank you for 31 years of storytelling-a memorable literary” marker.” Thank you Ann!

Earlier in the afternoon the Barbour clan arrived and we had fun with everyone exchanging Christmas gifts and admiring the magical skills of Rhodes the Remissioner!

Joanie( Vikki’s mom) and I were just magically happy to be able to be with family!

Tomorrow Christmas breakfast brunch at Mandy’s with all the grandchildren -deep breath-here we go again! Fun Fun Fun!

So until tomorrow… I wish everyone ” a little more sparkle and a little less stress-for everyone I wish only the best! ”

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

While I heated up the spaghetti-Ben got a roaring fire going-the best way to end the day!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to Gloria… The Christmas Angel

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    So happy that all went well with the service and Ben …glad his family got to visit. Merry Christmas.


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