Readers of The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter were asked to send in personal stories about favorite Christmas memories.  The original intent was to use some of them on The Gospel Greats broadcast which aired Christmas weekend, 2010.  This was, in fact, done. However, we received so many of them that we wanted to share more of them with you through this special section of our website.  Enjoy perusing these Christmas stories.  And perhaps they will bring to mind some of your own favorite Christmas memories.

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"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 online.

"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 Grandma’s 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 weren’t going to be any lights that year. There were no more lights put up after he became ill and died. It wasn’t 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." — Beth Nease

"This is a story of two plus two of God’s 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 God’s 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, Hubbard’s, NS, Canada

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