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From the Ted Talk "Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God"

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Now, this was actually not that upsetting to me. My parents had this whole elaborate story about Santa Claus: how they had talked to Santa Claus himself and agreed that instead of Santa __________ our ________ over the _____ of Christmas Eve, like he did for every other family who got to open their surprises first thing Christmas morning, our family would give _____ more time. Santa would come to our house while we were at nine o'clock high mass on Christmas morning, but only if all of us kids did not make a fuss. Which made me very suspicious. It was pretty obvious that it was really our parents ______ us the presents. I mean, my dad had a very distinctive ________ style, and my mother's handwriting was so close to Santa's.

Solution

  1. giving
  2. wrapping
  3. delivering
  4. presents
  5. santa
  6. night

Original Text

Now, this was actually not that upsetting to me. My parents had this whole elaborate story about Santa Claus: how they had talked to Santa Claus himself and agreed that instead of Santa delivering our presents over the night of Christmas Eve, like he did for every other family who got to open their surprises first thing Christmas morning, our family would give Santa more time. Santa would come to our house while we were at nine o'clock high mass on Christmas morning, but only if all of us kids did not make a fuss. Which made me very suspicious. It was pretty obvious that it was really our parents giving us the presents. I mean, my dad had a very distinctive wrapping style, and my mother's handwriting was so close to Santa's.

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guy named 3
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Important Words

  1. agreed
  2. christmas
  3. claus
  4. close
  5. dad
  6. delivering
  7. distinctive
  8. elaborate
  9. eve
  10. family
  11. fuss
  12. give
  13. giving
  14. handwriting
  15. high
  16. house
  17. kids
  18. mass
  19. morning
  20. night
  21. obvious
  22. open
  23. parents
  24. presents
  25. pretty
  26. santa
  27. story
  28. style
  29. surprises
  30. suspicious
  31. talked
  32. time
  33. upsetting
  34. wrapping