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We had a Christmas tradition that Mom and Dad started years ago, and now my siblings and I continue to carry it forth.
Red, green, blue or white balls are formed with copious wrappings of crepe paper. Inside each ball, one might find a note saying, “Sorry, better luck next time,” or better yet, a $20 bill!
As family members choose a ball to unwrap on Christmas Day, excitement builds as tons of paper fills the room and the lucky recipient yells out a win!
I remember the smile on Dad’s face as he witnessed the fun created by this little tradition. And now, it is my turn to smile as I watch my children and grandchildren explode with delight when I bring out the much-loved Christmas balls!
(Cecelia Kiley is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carmel, Ind., in the Lafayette Diocese.) †