Every Christmas, Susie's father gets very nostalgic and tells her, "We're blessed because we live in America...and you aren't poor." But one fall, Dad's business goes bankrupt - "I think that means being dead, only for business instead of people." - and Susie decides that Christmas won't come because they're so poor. So she devises a scheme to "buy" at least a little bit of Christmas by saving her lunch money and eating at a place where Daddy said poor people can eat for free. It is, of course, a rescue mission, and it is there that Susie learns of a deeper meaning of Christmas from those in need.
Published in Gargoyles, Plastic Balls, and Soup.