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As Micah and his family were sledding, Micah’s dad tipped the sled over.
“Ow! That hurt!” Micah cried. “Why did you do that?”
“Well up ahead is a bridge toward Stinkytown that broke and hasn’t been fixed. So we don’t want to go overboard, am I right?” Matthew, Micah’s dad asked. Micah chuckled.
“I hope nothing broke,” a new voice said.
“Ahhhh!” Jasmine, Micah’s mom, screamed.
“Let’s push his nose!” Micah said instantly recognizing Screwdriver Kevin.
“No! Don’t push my nose! Don’t push my nose!” Kevin said instantly.
“Why would you want to push my nose?”
“I don’t know.”
“Who are you?” Micah’s mom asked, recovering from her scare.
“Well, I’m Screwdriver Kevin the Robot.”
“Have I heard of you before?” Matthew asked.
“He’s the toy I want!” Micah replied for the robot. “But why are you here?”
“Well, I got kinda scared. You know how robots can get scared,” he chuckled nervously.
Jasmine eyed Screwdriver Kevin suspiciously.
“And by the way, don’t ask me what the meaning of Christmas is,” Kevin said quickly. “I don’t agree with the Christmas stuff that was programmed into me. I want to find out what the true meaning of Christmas is. Want to join me?”
The cold, soaking parents didn’t know what to think. But Micah quickly fell in step with the robot, so the parents decided to follow along.
After walking for awhile, Jasmine asked, “So, where are we going?”
“Um, that’s a good question,” Kevin responded. “Let me think.” After thinking for a few moments, he said, “Well, we’re walking north and I was always told, ‘Don’t know where to go? Go north!’ Hopefully that doesn’t mean we’re going all the way to the North Pole or something.”
“You mean,” Jasmine said breathlessly, “you’ve been leading us in circles?”
“No, ma’am,” Kevin said. “Just north. Not east or south or west, just north.”
Before Jasmine could scream again, Matthew offered, “I think an old wise man lives in a cabin nearby. I think we’re going in the right direction.”
“What did I say?” Kevin smiled. “Always go north!”
After a few minutes, Kevin shouted, “Look! A cabin up ahead!” Kevin ran as fast as he could.
Kevin knocked and the door opened. “Ahhhhhh!” was the reply. “What do you want . . . robot?”
Kevin asked the woman, “Is this where the old man lives?”
“I don’t know what old man you’re talking about and my parents told me to never talk with strangers!” the lady said. “And you’ve already given me a good scare so I don’t want to talk to you anyways!” She slammed the door.
The family caught up with the robot. “How come he didn’t let you in?” Matthew wondered, out of breath.
“This wasn’t the old man’s cabin. And the woman living here didn’t want to talk to me because I was a robot.
“So we keep on going north?” Micah asked.
“No, silly,” Kevin laughed. “We go either west or east ten steps then go north. ‘Cause if you just go north, you’ll run into the door.”
In about fifteen minutes, they reached another cabin.
“Let’s see if this is the old man’s cabin,” Kevin said as he knocked.
“Welcome in!” was the welcome reply from the old man after he opened the door.
Micah and his parents were each given a giant mug of hot cocoa. Kevin sat down next to them and listened as the old man began to tell his story.
“Well, you might have heard that the true meaning of Christmas is Santa or gifts or candy. But that is not the reason for the season.
“This story happened more than 2,000 years ago. It is the story of God coming to earth as a baby. God completed this according to the promises that he made. He had his son, Jesus, be born in Bethlehem. And he was a king who loved everyone. What was put in motion was the plan of redemption to save us from our sins. He gave us a gift which can save us from our sins. Without him, life is meaningless and nothing. His birth and his gift is why we truly celebrate Christmas.”
The man was speaking with such joy and happiness. The family and robot smiled and they listened with open ears which the Holy Spirit enabled them to have.
“Jesus is the reason for the season,” the old man explained. “We show others how much we care by giving. Because God sent his Son, we were saved from hell. Because of his gift of salvation he gave, we give to others.”
As the family and the robot got up to go, the mister said, “You are always welcome to come back. I can always tell you more.”
“We will,” promised Matthew. “Um, by the way, do you know what direction Dinkeytown is?”
“Yes. You can ride your sled down the hill north of here. You should get there in no time.”
“Thanks,” he said gratefully.
“Always go north!” Kevin said happily.
A little ways before they got to the town, Matthew tipped the sled again.
“Here’s the deal,” Matthew said as they were getting up out from the snow, “Kevin, you meet us at the big pine. You should have no problem recognizing it. Go around the town so you don’t cause a disturbance.” Kevin took off. “The rest of us shall go change out of our soaking clothes; then we’re going to switch on some ceiling fans!” Smiling at their confused faces, he said, “I’ll explain later.”
As they walked into town, they saw Dan, Amy, and Callie playing happily with a ball.
Soon after they changed and went out of the house, they saw Dan accidentally kick the ball too high and it landed where the snowman’s head used to be.
The girls gasped. Before they could say anything, Dan wailed, “If we had Screwdriver Kevin, we would be able to get that ball down in no time!”
Suddenly, the three kids burst into tears. Micah couldn’t help but laugh internally about how silly they looked, now that he knew the true meaning of Christmas. He knew he needed to tell them the good news, but what did his father have in mind?
Kevin was patiently waiting and it didn’t take long for the family to find him.
“Here’s the deal,” Matthew explained. “I know there’s a TV studio in the toy tower, right Kevin?”
“Yes, and I know where it is!”
“Great! Lead us there and we’ll tell everyone about this good news!”
A chorus of cheers rose and they went in the direction of the toy tower.
They were heading north.
When they got there, Kevin explained to the guard that he and his friends had some business to take care of. The lazy guard sleepily let them in.
When they got to the TV studio, they saw that a board was screwed in front of the door. Kevin took charge and unscrewed it and let the family in.
Matthew had some experience running a TV studio, so he set the equipment up. But even so, Jasmine knew more about movie cameras, so she ran that. Micah and Kevin would be in front of the camera.
As soon as his dad gave the signal, Micah said, “Hi, my name is Micah! And this here is Screwdriver Kevin!”
“Now many of you have been confused of what the true meaning of Christmas is. Well, Screwdriver Kevin here has the answer. Screwdriver Kevin, what is the true meaning of Christmas?”
Kevin went on for a few minutes, sharing the truth. Soon after, they wrapped up.
“That was great!” Matthew said excitedly. “Now, let’s get out of here!”
While they were making the place look like how it looked like before, the door opened.
Why did the door open? Why did Jasmine scream? Will the family be safe? What in the world is even going on? Does the robot have faulty wiring? Is he an imposter? Why am I asking so many questions? Well, come back for part three of this awesome, yet crazy, story!
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