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A Christmas story, Klong Toey style

Every year the children at Mercy Centre are caught up in the spirit of the season and the stirring tale of the troubles and courage of Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus and one devoted donkey

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They tried to lead a normal family life, but they were always looking back over their shoulders ... never quite sure if Herod's soldiers knew, when they killed all those children in Bethlehem more than eight years before, that Jesus had escaped that horrible nightThe children at our Mercy Centre don't really worry about time and space, so yesterday, today and even tomorrow all become ''right now''. If a story rings true to them, they ''buy in''. Like all kids, ours have an unerring sense of what's real and what's fake. And without exception, they like the story of Christmas. So here at Mercy, we celebrate Christmas every day, but especially on Dec 25, when we follow our Sacred Traditions. 

This year the children are planning their own Christmas pageant. First rule: No adults allowed. After that was established, a serious game of rock, paper, scissors ensued to decide who would play the lead roles of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, and let's not forget the donkey _ a now grown-up puppy given to baby Jesus by the shepherd children.

But before the play on that special day, our very own Mother Maria always retells the Klong Toey Mercy Centre version of the Christmas story. This is how it goes:

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