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Your story rings so true so clear.....It reminds me of a story of a man who was named Noel, Noel Pardo.......(My moms brother) We would go to church with grandma Gloria several times a week, and at Christmas time it seemed to be to much for me, by all the awe to the altar,the flowers the lighting, the beauty was overwhelming....The thought of this sweet child in the manger going to live and die for me was alot for me to understand. I think I was about 6 when my Uncle Noel sat with me in the empty church in the back row and sang to me the song "Little Altar Boy". The acoustics were beautiful and he had a voice like an angel. He explained to me the wonderful story of the first Christmas and how how much Jesus loved me and us all. When Grandma Gloria came in (his mom)she brought me up to see the Christ Child, just a statue but to my heart it was as if he were truly alive for me. As humans do, I have collected Altar boy statues now ever since, and I remember the words he spoke so clearly as if he were sitting beside me singing in Holy Rosary church in Jersey City all those years ago, that I will go astray but he will always be waiting for me, always loving me. Thank you for writing about Noel, it reminded me of a special time I long have forgotten. Some Christmas songs are great reflections and keep us on track to the true meaning of the Season. Not just at Christmas time but the Christmas things we do all year through.....Merry Christmas! C:

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