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George the Gingerbread man could feel the excitement in the air when he woke in his little bed in the children’s doll house.

The atmosphere was buzzing as he overheard talk of a Christmas shopping expedition.

This was an outing he did not want to miss, though he had no clue of the adventures that awaited him.


George quietly made his way to the handbag that went everywhere with the family and jumped inside.

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The car trip was noisy and scary as he was jostled about in the bag. He had to be careful to avoid the edges of wallets and glasses cases that could break his little legs and arms.

When the car finally stopped and the family bustled outside, George peeked out of the bag to see bright lights and more people than he could imagine.

George thought maybe all the people in the world were at this shopping centre on this day.

The family’s first stop was a toy shop and George made the most of the opportunity to jump out of the bag and play.

He climbed a toy castle where he was high enough to see everything in the shop.

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He spotted a toy truck and decided to play in that for a while.

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Then he saw some Christmas hats and had fun playing dress-ups.

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Next, he saw some sweet, furry animals and joined them on the shelf to see if they wanted to play.

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They didn’t seem interested so George climbed down from the shelf and jumped back into the handbag, worried he may be left behind.


The next stop was a dress shop and George was amazed by the giant mirror there.

He had never really seen himself – only his arms and legs – and it was exciting to look at his reflection.

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He spotted some glasses and thought they would help him see even more. But they were too big for him.

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He decided to ask Santa for some glasses for Christmas.

George quickly jumped into the handbag before it left the shop and was taken to a coffee shop.

While the family sat down to eat and drink, George went exploring.

He saw a giant man in a white hat and climbed up his legs to get near his face and say ‘hello’. The man didn’t answer.

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As George climbed down he spotted a woman with a funny looking shoe on her foot.

She was using a stick to help her walk and he realised she must have been injured.

Just in front of her was a toy that had fallen from some other shopper’s bag. The woman had no idea it was there and George knew he had to do something fast so she wouldn’t trip over it.

George ran over to the toy and pushed with all his might to move it away from the woman.

The toy was taller than him and the woman was close to stepping on George, but he knew he had to save her. It was the right thing to do.

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So he pushed and pushed and moved it, and himself, just in the nick of time before being stepped on.

By now the family had left the coffee shop and George was frightened he would never find them again.

He ran this way and that until he spotted Santa sitting in a huge chair.


He ran up to Santa and told him about the adventure.

Santa, who we all know has lots of magic, listened patiently and told George not to worry.

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George was so relieved – so far Santa was the only creature who had ever spoken to him.

“I’ve been watching and I know how you helped that lady little George,” Santa said.

“I’m very proud of you for being so kind and so brave.

“The family is just over there, waiting to get a picture with me.

“Jump back into the bag and you will get home safely.

“You will find a little present in the bag”.

George quickly jumped off Santa’s lap and ran towards the family and jumped inside the bag.

He looked around a little bit and found a beautiful pair of glasses, the perfect size for him.

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Later, safely at home, George was laying in the little doll house bed, thinking about his adventures.

He thought about how he had helped the lady and how Santa had rewarded him with his Christmas wish.

He thought about how he felt, frightened that he would be stepped on, then happy that he had done something kind.

While he loved his new little glasses George realised the real reward in being helpful was how good it made him feel about himself.


I hope you enjoyed the adventures of George the Gingerbread Man. Did you read Finding a Friend – the Adventures of George the Gingerbread Man?

Come back next week for more adventures.

Wishing you good deeds, good feelings and a gleeful week, Tamuria.










  1. Love George’s new glasses! Yeah, Santa! Go, George!
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  2. Love the lesson George learned this week, Tami! Yes, for us all, even gingerbread men, life really is about giving back and helping others, even when they don’t know we did it. And I’m happy Santa talked to George, so he knows he isn’t alone or invisible in the world and that there is a ‘higher source’ who is watching and seeing what we all are doing in and with our lives! Look forward to next week’s adventures…
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    • I love that you saw all the magical lessons in this, Beverley. Giving back and helping others, even when they don’t know you have done it, really gives life meaning. I also thought Santa’s validation of George was important to include this time.

  3. Meghan Monaghan

    Fun story with many good lessons. I even chuckled out loud, so thanks for making me smile. Fear is our biggest enemy a lot of the time, so it was powerful to see George stand up to what scared him so that he could do what is right.

    • So glad George made you smile Meghan. Yes, fear can be crippling at times and I think it can easily stop people from doing what’s right.

  4. What a sweet and heartfelt story. I hope your grands all loved it!
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  5. Tamuria,
    I love Gingerbread men But have not had the time to make these yet for my son. We decorated, but I am working like crazy. We still have time. I love the article and can’t wait to take a breath ….(:
    Lori Engish

  6. What a sweet story! I think there’s a children’s book in there too!
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  7. What a heart-warming story as we enter the Christmas season! George seems to have not needed his glasses, as he sees the world very well. I can only imagine what he can accomplish with his glasses.
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    • George does seem to have quite a clear view of the world and how it works, Robin. I think there’s a little bit of hero in all of us.

  8. I’m will try to patiently wait to learn of George’s next adventure. This is turning into the best Gingerbread Man story even.
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  9. This was such a fun read! Thanks Tamuria for sharing another George the ginger man’s escapade! Having Santa acknowledge all that he did well that was just a great ending!
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  10. What a beautiful little story! Love the lesson of giving to others. One year my niece’s only request for Christmas gifts was that we give to a charity of our choice in her name. So many lessons all around us. Happy holidays!
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  11. Adorable story and perfect for the holiday season. I loved that Santa could see him and gave him glasses. Fun
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  12. First, I love this little guy in his glasses. I love how he saw them as helpful and not insecure. Second, it is nice that he helped out the woman with the bum foot. What a nice guy!
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  13. At first I was like… I read this already… but realized he’s on another travel. So cute Tami.
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  14. A nice story…you are a good storyteller. 🙂
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  15. Sonya Kolodziejska

    What a lovely story and well done George for doing a good deed. The world needs more Georges 🙂
    Merry Christmas.

  16. I am loving your stories! I wish I had little ones still to read George’s adventures to!
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  17. OMG! Now I am addicted to George. It is like the soap opera of the web now. Great lesson to learn, not only for children but for adults, too.

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