12/25/2012 09:26 am ET

Newtown Christmas Pageant Goes On Without Two Of Its Children

One by one, the minivans rolled into the parking lot, booster seats in the back filled with bright-eyed, eager children.

The little girls wore angel costumes with golden wings, shiny patent-leather shoes and tights as white as early-morning snow. Several little boys were dressed as tiny shepherds, barely big enough to hold the crooks they were given to keep watch over their make-believe flock.

Not even the police car that circled the Newtown HS parking lot could wipe the glee off the happy, young faces. Yes, death has hit this Connecticut town like a powerful winter storm. But Christmas brings life.

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