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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"I will never forget the Christmas of 1968. My little sister Wendy was three years old and awaiting death, having already gone through chemotherapy and cobalt radiation. She was hospitalized and we didn't think she could come home anymore. Just our parents and elder brother were able to go up to see her regularly, while the rest of us could only occasionally could go up and see her. But on Christmas Eve, Dad came home with a blanket, and went down into the basement. We knew it must be a surprise, and a few minutes later he called all of us downstairs. He then unveiled our little sister with an enormous smile! We all chattered and laughed with joy! I will never forget that Christmas. It is one of my most precious memories, and it still makes the tears flow!" — Cathy Daae, Bromhead, SK, Canada
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"A part of our family's Christmas celebration is singing Christmas Carols by candlelight. Thirty plus years ago, my two single aunts began purchasing or making candles for each person. They were either a souvenir from a vacation or handmade from familiar material. The candles were placed at each place setting. Then after our meal, the sixty to eighty candles were lit, lights were turned off, and acapella four-part harmony singing began. Then each person takes their candle home as a remembrance. Though my aunts are in their 80s, the next generation has continued their tradition for them." — Marlise Stieglitz
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"My husband and I had always longed for children. We lost a baby after being married a little over a year, and I was never able to conceive after that event. Doctors did surgury and told me I had a condition that would make having a baby all but completely impossible. For twelve years it seemed they were right and life went on. My husband and I had some struggles in our marriage and were blessed with a trip to Panama City Beach, FL for a few days. The Lord brought healing in our relationship, and that Sunday morning we attended a little Baptist church in town, where a lady talked with us after the service. She asked if we had children, and I tearfully explained our situation. She prayed with us and we sensed the Lord's presence. On the way home from our vacation I felt ill, and was convinced I had caught a virus; boy, had I! Ha! Deborah was born on Christmas Eve of that same year! I sang one Christmas carol after another, mostly to myself to bear with the pain of labor. Never have I worked so hard for any Christmas gift, but no gift has brought me so much joy... except, of course, that first Child's whose birth we celebrate on Christmas Day!" — Amanda Fontaine
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"One special Christmas memory for me is the way one of my pastors celebrated Christmas Eve. Near the end of the service, all the lights were turned off. This was a big auditorium that easily held about 1000 people. Then the pastor, who was on the stage, lit a candle explaining that Jesus was the Light of the world when He came on Christmas. He then lit the candles of the elders explaining that we need to take His light to the world. Then, one by one, row by row, everyone's candle was lit. The look and the significance of that one candle and what it looked like when all were lit was magnificent! The beauty was beyond words. I am pretty sure that we sang Silent Night but I can't say for certain. The beautiful sight of the darkness turning into light touched my heart!" — Corrie
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"One of my favorite memories with my family was during the years when the quartet was doing television programs live, so we all had other work. Mine was in radio, which meant I had to be at the station for early sign on and that meant I could not be home for Christmas morning. That's when plan "B" came along. Plan "A" was always to remember that Christmas was to celebrate the birth of Christ, but plan "B" still included Santa, so all the little ones knew was that Santa would bring their presents to the radio station. We had a wonderful Christmas with Mother, the three children and Daddy as we opened our gifts between song selections on live radio." — Gerald Williams (Melody Boys Quartet)
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"A little Joy came into my life twelve years ago on Christmas day. I had lost my husband by sudden death in 1997. My life was dramatically changed and it was the hardest Christmas I had ever had without him. The next year I worked at a retirement community for twelve hours on Christmas day. My family lived one hour away and called to tell me they wanted to bring me a Christmas meal since I was unable to be with them. I told them not to do this for me but they insisted. When they came, my sister handed me a basket, said "here is your meal" and grinned. I pulled back the towel on the basket and there was a little five week old Yorkshire Terrier. I was not expecting this and cried my eyes out. I named her "Joy" because it was Christmas day and my sweet family knew I was alone and how hard it was for me. She is twelve years old now and still "my little Joy" and has brought me so much happiness. With Jesus Christ in my life and my little dog still with me I will never forget that Christmas. 'Joy to the World the Lord has come'." — Carol Kitts
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"A unique part of our Christmas Celebration is "Love." My wife Joann has had Alzheimer's for the last 10 years and the only thing she can relate to is love. So I tell all of my children and grandchildren not to bring any gifts because if you can't bring love, you don't have anything to give her. Love is what Christmas is all about anyway. We read the Christmas story and pray and the great grandchildren get gifts and we all enjoy that. My favorite Christmas song is "Christmas At Calvary" because that is where the greatest gift of love was given." — Jerry Rhodes, Tulsa, OK
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"One Christmas when my two sisters and I took piano lessons, we somehow got the privilege of decorating the teachers' Christmas tree! Even though it was a tinsel tree it was still great to be able to do something we thought was helping her out, since she was getting up in years. Another of my favorite things to do at Christmas was to go Christmas caroling. I went caroling with my "all girls" 4-H club and also with my church. It always thrills my soul to be able to sing the good old fashioned "true to the word" Christmas carols!" — Karen Albaugh
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"Our youngest son, his wife, and 3 children, live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and this Christmas memory is what they as a family have done to celebrate Jesus’ birth. When the children were toddlers, they acted out the story of the Nativity every Christmas Eve. Since there are two girls close in age, they had to take turns being Mary, and our grandson was Joseph each year. They wore costumes bathrobes, a towel for Joseph’s head covering & a shawl for Mary. Their Dad read the Christmas story from Luke while Mary carefully placed Jesus, a favorite doll, in the manger, with Joseph hovering nearby. The children are teens now, but it’s a memory they will have in their hearts forever." — Marlene Doerksen, Port Rowan, ON, Canada
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"There’s not a particular song that I think about at Christmas, because I love them all! What I do remember fondly, though, is our Christmas Cantatas! I starting singing in them when I was 13 or so, and I always had to stand by my grandma, so I could make sure I got the alto part right. We practiced and practiced, and on performance day, I was always so nervous and excited! We all raised our voices in praise and adoration for the Newborn King! It was thrilling! There is nothing like the harmonious sound of many voices raised in song, singing of Jesus’ birth." — April Hale
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"Traditionally the Pastor Bill family at Christmas has added a birthday cake for Jesus. This tradition was passed to us by Karen the Godmother of our children. But this past Christmas was different through a child’s eyes. Erik is four years old and this was his first Christmas where he was able to put all the pieces together. He learned that all the presents were not for him, to respect the decorations, enjoy giving as much as receiving and the following statement that only a child would speak!

"Grandma Carol was busy after dinner preparing the birthday cake for Jesus and setting the table. With matches in hand, she was interrupted by Erik. 'Grandma,' Erik said as he pulled on grandma’s dress. 'Grandma,' he insisted as he gave a second tug. 'Yes Erik,' grandma answered. Erik looked up at grandma with his big eyes. 'Grandma, when is he coming?' Grandma was caught off guard. 'Erik, who are you talking about — everyone is here?' Without hesitation he answered, 'Jesus.'

"Erik in his innocence had captured today’s verse that was spoken by Jesus 2,000 years ago. No excuses, no confusion, no procrastination. Purely spoken from the lips of an innocent child! Such childish anticipation should be part of my every day. To the point that when I awake each day I say, 'Lord, is today the day? Is this the day for the glorious return of your son the Lord Jesus Christ?'

"Just as Erik watched as Grandma prepared the cake and then set the table in anticipation of the party, so am I to be in anticipation for the return of Jesus today!" — Pastor Bill Mantel


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