Smiley is on his Well-Deserved Vacation, but he left these stories for readers who might need holiday smiles.

Power of prayer

Jimmie Haury says Landry Baudoin, 3, was dressed in a biblical costume, waiting to go on stage for the First Baptist Church of Zachary Christmas pageant, when he spied a Christmas tree in the atrium of the education building.

He quickly ran to it, kneeled in front of the animated Santa and Mrs. Claus, and whispered to Santa, “I want ALL the Power Rangers.”

Think rural

Pam Gautreau, of Donaldsonville, says tales of Christmases past remind her of daughter Emily’s version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” back when she was 3 (she’s 21 now).

“Emily really thought the words were, ‘They never let poor Rudolph join in any John Deere games.’

“Her daddy loved to hear her sing this. Yes, her dad is a sugar cane farmer.”

Like Round John Virgin?

Rhett C. was talking about the family’s Nativity display when son Brandon, 7, asked, “Where is Harold the Angel?”

When Rhett asked who he meant, he replied, “You know, Dad, the angel from the song, ‘Hark the Harold Angel sang.’”

The bright side

Just before Christmas, Jay Harmon told his son Christopher, 3, that he should be a good boy because “You don’t want Santa to leave ashes and switches, do you?”

The lad’s eyes lit up as he happily exclaimed, “I LIKE sticks!”

“I ask you,” says Jay, “how do you counter that?”

Grand opening

Logan Mitchell, 3, told his aunt, Cheri Mitchell, how proud he was of his “big boy” underwear, especially since they had a pocket.

She told him, “Logan, underwear doesn’t have pockets.”

“Mine does,” he said, “right here in front.”

The littlest comedian

Fran Blum says when grandson Matthew, 10, came to visit during the holidays, he asked if there were ants in the house.

“I told him I didn’t think so,” says Fran, “and asked him why he wanted to know.”

He picked up a silver sequin he found on the floor and replied, “ e_SSRqCause I found one of their CDs.”

Thought for the Day

From Richard Guidry, of Zachary: “Never trust a man who says he’s the boss at home. He probably lies about other things too.”

Joyful Noise Dept.

Marie Deer, of Baker, tells of the little boy who, after church, told his mom he had decided to be a minister when he grew up.

He explained, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell than to sit and listen.”

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