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From the Ted Talk by 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 sotry about Santa Claus: how they had talked to Santa Claus himself and agreed that instead of Santa delivering our presents over the nihgt of Christmas Eve, like he did for every other family who got to open their sserurpis first thing Christmas morning, our family would give Santa more time. Santa would come to our husoe 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 paterns giving us the presents. I mean, my dad had a very distinctive wrnpapig sltye, and my mother's handwriting was so close to Santa's.

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Now, this was actually not that upsetting to me. My parents had this whole elaborate _____ about Santa Claus: how they had talked to Santa Claus himself and agreed that instead of Santa delivering our presents over the _____ of Christmas Eve, like he did for every other family who got to open their _________ first thing Christmas morning, our family would give Santa more time. Santa would come to our _____ 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 _______ giving us the presents. I mean, my dad had a very distinctive ________ _____, and my mother's handwriting was so close to Santa's.

Solution

  1. style
  2. house
  3. night
  4. story
  5. parents
  6. wrapping
  7. surprises

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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