Published December 14, 2010
"Christmas Stories #1"
Recently I asked readers of this newsletter to send in their Christmas stories favorite memories, special reasons that Christmas is special to them, etc. Well over a hundred of you took time to submit stories, for which I am very grateful. You'll hear some of them on the air Christmas weekend. But, because there were so many, not all of them will be on the broadcast. Here are a few (and I'll have more next week)...
"When my Grandmother was very small, she learned a poem that she recited each Christmas for us at our Christmas dinner. It was entitled "Santa On The Train." On the Christmas of 1977 she was very sick but many family members encouraged her to recite the poem for us. This was the last time we heard her recite that poem! That was a very precious Christmas for me! We have it recorded on CD to hear. She also updated the poem by writing herself "Santa On The Plane". She was a very good, Christian woman who was an example to me in many ways!" Jeanie Peterson, Indianapolis, IN
"When I was 5 years old I wanted a pair of bee-bops really bad; these were tie shoes that were white and black and are seen on old shows like Happy Days. Not sure where the bee-bops name came from but that was what I wanted. Anyway, when I get up on Christmas morning and open my presents I have a pair of "old lady" red dress up shoes. My grandmother called and said she had my bee bops and she guessed Santa had gotten mixed up. Anyway, when I think of Christmas as a child I just remember how sorry I felt for Santa that morning that he had gotten so mixed up.
"I realize now the true meaning of Christmas as most folks do when they grow up it truly is not about the gifts, the money, the lights or the tinsel. It is all about Jesus, who is the real gift to all the world. Every year when my children were small I read the book "Santa And The Nativity" to them and then we would sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Christmas is fun but it truly is about what is in your heart. Connie Brantley, Kite, GA
"I will never forget Christmas Day 1945 when my father returned home from the Second World War after serving overseas with the Canadian Army for six years. I was 10 years old in 1945 and was afraid to come downstairs because what I remembered was his gas mask --- but my brother was able to convince me!" Dorothy Drinkwater, Baltimore, Maryland
"Paul, when I was a child my family did not have much. In fact, by today's standards we were probably poor. But I had a mom and dad who loved each other, my two brothers and I, and most of all our Lord Jesus Christ. I remember one Christmas my parents gave each of us boys a new bicycle. I do not know how many months it took for them to save to buy those bikes. They must have obviously given up many things they would have liked to have for themselves in order to give us a wonderful gift and a marvelous memory." Jim Buck
"I'll never forget the Christmas when my father and mother were in Bible School and we three kids were living with our grandparents. Now this was in 1937 during the depression. There was not any extra money back then for Christmas gifts. My parents were about 400 miles away. I don't remember how my parents got back to see us at Christmastime but they came and surprised us and my father went in the kitchen and made popcorn balls for our Christmas. I will never forget that as we were thrilled and I have never tasted another one that tasted as good as those. I know my grandma scraped 10 cents apiece for us kids to by a little gift for each other. It was a wonderful Christmas. Blessings and we did know the true meaning of Christmas, praise God." Donna Gilliland
"A special Christmas for me was our first as Mr & Mrs Theo Davis in 1963. We were married on 11/9/63. I was in the Navy and we had just moved into our very first apartment in San Diego, California. There was very little money for us to spend on Christmas. I bought my bride a set of new plastic bowls (before Tupperware). She bought me a plastic model ship that you had to glue together since every sailor needs a ship.
"Our first Christmas tree was sent to us by her mother. It had a trunk made from a broom handle and the branches were straight and chrome. They stuck in pre drilled holes at different angles to cause the shape. There was a flood light with a three colored wheel that turned causing the tree to be Red, Green, and Yellow.
"Today we would not think we had very much. However we still think it was very, very special. We just celebrated 47 years together, with 3 sons, 4 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. We have been greatly blessed!" Theo Davis
"I was around four years old when my two older sisters and I were in bed one Christmas Eve night desperately trying to calm down enough to go to sleep. We were so excited to be opening presents in the morning! Suddenly, a knock came at the door. I jumped up, ran to the door, flung it open and, much to my surprise, there stood Santa Claus in his authentic red suit and white beard! I was so stunned I did the only thing I could think of slam the door shut in his face and jump back in the bed. My sisters were still playing and giggling. They asked me who was at the door. In awe, I whispered, "Santa Claus!" They demanded, "what did you do?" I responded, "I shut the door." They screamed and ran to the door. This time when they opened it, they let him in. We found out when we were older that our parents had arranged with a neighbor to dress as Santa to surprise us. It worked!" Penny Blackburn
"Paul, without question, the greatest Christmas I have ever had was as a very small child. It was during the great depression and my parents were struggling just to keep food on the table. I don't know how they managed to do it but when I got up on Christmas morning, there was an American Flyer electric train going around under the tree. At that time it was unimaginable to me that I could have received such a great gift. My parents had really stretched things thin in order to give me that train. At the time, that train probably cost thirty dollars, which was really huge." Bob Roll
I'll share some more of these stories in this space next week. And soon I'll be posting them at a special location on our website so you can read them all.
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