A Cowboys Christmas Story
He makes good time over snowy ground, but as he nears his destination, he rides past a poor family's homestead. Catching sight of a woman clumsily chopping wood in the gathering gloom, he turns aside. Stubby soon learns that her husband is ill in bed, and their two small children will go without Christmas. The family has no tree, no decorations, no gifts. They know how it is. They ain't expectin' a thing. But Stubby stays. Relying on cowboy ingenuity, he uses up several hours cutting a tree, making decorations from bits of this and that, and creating gifts for a little boy and girl.
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Deep in the night, he resumes his ride to the dance, hoping still to catch a few whirls with a pretty girl he'd carried in this thoughts from the start. But as the cowboy tops the last ridge and looks down at the schoolhouse, he sees the lights winking out and buckboards with happy families driving away. Dejected beyond words, Stubby turns the roan and begins a dismal journey back to his cold line cabin. In Schaefer's words, "he is a man who has given of himself, of what little he has and is, to bring smiles and joys of living to others along the way.
Jogging half asleep in the saddle, Stubby is remembering happier Christmases as a youth. Then he hears something that sounds like sleigh bells.
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And in the next moment, through the early morning mist, his fancy catches a glimpse of reindeer and a bearded man in a sleigh. In an instant they are gone, but left on the wind Stubby hears, or thinks he hears, the hearty call, "W-e-e-ll done, partner! Jack Schaefer's little story was reprinted several times in periodicals, including the Reader's Digest Dec.
The book, however, appeared in only a single edition. Jon Schaefer tells me he is hopeful that it can be reprinted someday so that a new generation of readers can be inspired by Stubby Pringle's generosity at Christmas. His column appears Saturdays. Sign Up. Log In. Log In Purchase a Subscription. Purchase a Subscription. We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. We hope that you enjoy our free content.
A Cold Creek Christmas Story
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