The fourth day of Christmas, according to many Christian traditions, is "children's day" when children are allowed to play harmless pranks on elders for fun and the youngest child gets to decide what to do during the day (whether it is about what to eat or which family movie to watch,) in remembrance of the innocents murdered by Herod, the Edomite ruler who married a Hasmonean princess Mariamne and became the King of the Jews.
Herod is reputed to have been responsible for the death of thousands of infants after Jesus's birth but history indicates that the number of children killed may not have been more than twenty (if the infants subjected to Herod's cruelty were limited to those born in Jerusalem.) http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/history/herod.shtml
The recent school shooting in Connecticut that caused the death of twenty children makes such tragedy even more poignant, forcing us to realize how easily the power to take a human life can be abused. Herod also ordered the execution of his wife and three of his own offspring.
December 28th is also a day when, in 1895, the Lumière brothers showed ten short films for the first time to a public audience. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon_Indien_du_Grand_Caf%C3%A9
Film has since then evolved as a powerful medium for storytelling, fiction and documentary. If written novels have influenced filmmaking, films have also influenced writing.
Honing the skills to tell a story well, so that the parts that constitute the whole do not diminish the sincerity of the narrative nor undermine its truth, seems like a worthy endeavor since "how we tell our stories" ultimately defines us. Through stories, true or fictitious, writers convey what it means to be human and share the joys and sorrows of human existence while negotiating identities, as individuals and as members of various communities.