Series: Traditions of Faith from Around the World

Marta and the Manger Straw: A Christmas Tradition from Poland

By: Virginia Kroll
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In World War II Poland, a young girl receives straw at the Christmas Eve service to bring to her impoverished family. But on her way home, Marta meets others who are much poorer than she, and she shares her piece until there is nothing left. In spite of the lack of straw--though perhaps because of her generous heart—Marta finds riches she never expected in this tender tale of Christmas giving.

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