"Halloo and Happy Holidays," Pooh said to a slightly snowy Piglet. "Can I walk with you to the party?"
Piglet's snout wrinkled into a little accordion, and his eyes got quite scrunched up. The snow was not too thick yet, but it was enough to make him need to squint to see well. "Why, yes, Pooh. I was thinking how much I would enjoy some company on the way to Christopher Robin's House." Piglet shivered a little bit. "It is awfully cold, and I would not want to think what sort of nasty things might get a little Piglet on his own in these Big Dark Woods."
Pooh furrowed his brow. "Piglet," he said, "these are the same Hundred Acre Woods we played in this summer!"
"They are still Big and Dark now, Pooh."
"Ah. Yes," said Pooh. "Though, I think they were Big before they were Dark. Here, I will give you your Christmas card. That will help you think of something else."
The card that Pooh handed to Piglet was a single sheet of coated paper, shiny and smooth to the touch. Snowflakes glistened off its surface as they crunched towards Pooh's House. It was a bright red card, with holly-green silhouettes of ringing bells and ribbons, with the arcing words above proclaiming "Peace On Earth and Goodwill Toward Men!"
"Pooh," he said, "I don't understand."
Pooh blinked at him until Piglet continued.
"Well, I can give Good Will Toward Men. That's not hard; Christopher Robin is a Man, or nearly so, and the doll I am giving him could be named Will. But Pooh, is there supposed to be Peace over the whole Earth? Every last nook and cranny? How can someone as small as me get Peace to the Whole Earth?"
Piglet had become so anxious that he had sat right down in the snow, trembling while he re-read the card. Pooh sat beside him, and put one arm around his friend. Pooh thought, and thought. Though he was a Bear of Very Little Brain, it did not take him long to have Quite a Thought.
"Oh Piglet," Pooh said, "I fear I have misspelt on your card! Please let me fix it."
Pooh picked up a small rock and scratched over some words before handing the card back to Piglet. Piglet looked at the card, where Pooh had replaced "Peace" with "Piece".
"It's spelt that way," said Pooh, "because everyone has to carry a Piece of it."
Piglet smiled. "Oh thank you Pooh," and they continued on their way to the party carrying their own little bit of piece.
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