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One Lone Noel
It’s beginning to look NOT like Christmas. No snow, not much store shopping, limited family gatherings. Kind of Ho-Ho-Hum. So, I thought I would add some Christmas cheer by sharing a story about Christmas creativity.
I am a real bargain shopper, so when I saw that if I bought two large Noel signs for my front yard that I could get the third one free, I jumped at the chance. Never mind that I really only needed one. My plan was to order three, send back the two that I paid for and keep the free one! How’s that for a plan? I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night!
Well, quicker than expected the three packages arrived. You can imagine my dismay when I dragged out the letters, one by one, and the letters spelled L-E-O-N! All three packages contained the same four individual letters! L-E-O-N! Now, what was I to do?
Time for some creative thinking! I laid the individual letters out before me. Perhaps I could mix the letters in a different way to spell something Christmassy. I thought I had found my solution when I realized that I could spell Neel Leon. I figured I could place those two words beside my nativity. I was dismayed when a friend, who had noticed my lawn letters, called to inform me that that was not how to spell neel. Looked right to me, but just to be sure I called my friend Lana, who is an excellent speller. “How do you spell Neel?” She said there were two different spellings. (Actually, I had invented a third, but some people are picky about spelling) Not wanting to upset anyone, I decided to accept Lana’s suggestions. Lana informed me that some people spell Neil, with an I, and some spelled Neal with an A. An I and an A! Neither of which did I have. Drat!!!! So, there went the “Neel Leon” idea. I gathered my lawn letters and started again.
I lined my letters up LLL-EEE-OOO-NNN, and, went to reorganizing them into words. For those who love this type of word game, try it! I came up with 12 words, not all of which I am convinced were actual words, especially if you are picky about spelling. For example, Lol is used all the time, but technically does not qualify as a “word.” Besides Lol didn’t seem to work well with the serenity and peace I wanted to portray at this Christmas season. I realized I could spell “No No Ellen,” but again, it just didn’t have that Christmas ring. Then, I found the perfect solution. With my letters, I spelled
“One Lone Noel.” There was even a Noel in there with an extra L left over! Sometimes I amaze myself!
So, sorry Leon, but I am going with ONE LONE NOEL. It just fits the season better than LEON, LEON, LEON.
Contributed by Carolin Primm