"Christmas has always been a family tradition. One of my memories was when
I was about six or seven years old. Mom and Dad had to go by my bedroom to
get to the living room where our tree was. I saw my mother carrying this
beautiful doll and daddy had a little table he had made (which I still have).
They didn't know that I could see them as they forgot to close the door.
Christmas morning was still a great surprise as there were other gifts to
be had. The doll is still in my family and a wonderful reminder of that Christmas
morning. We never really had alot but there was always love. I adored my
mother and daddy. They are both gone now, but my family still gets together
at Christmas and Thanksgiving. We carry on the tradition of always being
together. Blessings to you and yours during this holiday season. Merry
Christmas!" Shirley Mello, Sykesville, MD
"Hi Paul. At Christmas time, about twenty years ago, God gave us a new song
that shows us Christmas is all about the Cross. My husband, David Wyper,
was driving along listening to the song "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby
being played on a Christian radio station. (They play Christmas music to
attract new listeners to their station.) For some reason, David said out
loud, 'Lord, I've heard that song is the best-selling single of all time.
It has been so popular, over many years, and it does not even mention the
birth of Christ, or the Cross, or anything about YOU! Why do you have "White
Christmas" being more popular than any Christmas song ever recorded?'
"Instantly, he was given a sweet new Christmas song, with all the words and
music! He called this song "The Light of Christmas Day". It tells about God's
plan, the birth of Jesus, and has a chorus of "At the Cross". We've made
a video of "The Light of Christmas Day" available
"We recorded this song because it was clearly 'given' as God's answer to
a sincere prayer, and even that prayer was probably prompted by HIM. So far,
"The Light of Christmas Day" has been heard by only a few thousand people,
nothing at all compared to "White Christmas". It reminds me that things which
are small to us, like a little baby, are not necessarily small to God. He
doesn't do things our way." Sharon Wyper, Champaign, IL
"A unique part of our family's Christmas celebration is... my husband and
I had candlelight Christmas Eve suppers. Even until the children were in
their teens. What a wonderful event to see when our oldest did the tradition
with his wife and stepchildren."
"I'll never forget the Christmas when I was 12, (1952) and my youngest brother
was 10. We got our own sleds that year. First time we ever had to share an
outdoor toy! I know as an adult that it cost my Dad money to buy those sleds.
What a gift of unselfishness.
"Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family." Dolores Tarbox
"We always lived about eight hours from my Grandparents. As a child I was
sooo excited to be going to PopPop and Grandmas house. The best thing
of the whole trip was coming around the curve on a back road and seeing all
the lights PopPop had put up mainly on the front porch. He would tease me
prior to Christmas that there werent going to be any lights that year.
There were no more lights put up after he became ill and died. It wasnt
the same. They had to have the love that only PopPop had when he was putting
those lights up just especially for me (or so I thought). Merry Christmas."
"This is a story of two plus two of Gods Special Angels. When I was
a youngster of twelve years (1945), the eldest of six children, our Father
was sick and out of work. It was Christmas time, no money coming into the
home, and the thoughts of Christmas were bleak to say the least. On Christmas
Eve our next door neighbour and his Father-in-law knocked on our door with
a Christmas tree, a complete Turkey dinner for the family and gifts for
everybody. That Christmas was a very special day, one I have never forgotten.
"Last evening we were having dinner when two more of Gods angels came
knocking. A man with five children down our street took his own life. These
two lady angels came calling looking for donations to help that little family.
In this day and age we have so very much to be grateful for, and every day
our Father in heaven presents us with an opportunity to show His Love to
others. One of the guests we had at our table last evening lost her husband
two years ago and she confessed that at some point in her grief she considered
taking her life. We never know how God will enlist us into His army of angels.
We need to be prepared and show up ready to work! Merry Christmas, may God
continue to bless you and yours." Pastor Reg Bone, Hubbards,