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Our Special Christmas Memories

AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES, we would like to share some of our memories of Christmas. Please share your Christmas memory with us!

Dr. Williams

In adulthood, Christmas has always been about the children, that was, until last year. That year was one to remember. I woke up that morning to my very eager daughters telling me to go into the living room. I had figured that they were just acting that way because they were excited to open their presents, but I was very shocked at what I found. Sitting in front of our tree were three GINORMOUS packages just for me! It brought back the same excitement of opening presents as a kid. It meant a lot to me to know that my mother and daughters cared so much for me. They will never know how truly grateful I was, nor how much their thoughtfulness really meant to me.


While my son was in college, we would celebrate Christmas together. One particular Christmas, we had agreed that we wouldn’t buy each other presents at all. That Christmas morning, he woke me up and told me to come downstairs. I reminded him that we were not exchanging gifts, since we had both agreed. He insisted I come down anyway. There were presents EVERYWHERE when I went downstairs. I told him he shouldn’t have used his credit card for me. He said he didn’t, that he had a job and used the money for this. It suddenly made sense! I had come to visit him that fall, and he said he couldn’t stay, he had to study. Really, he was going to work. I had not wanted him to have a job because of the hard classes he had, but it is now one Christmas I will never forget, because my son wanted to make my Christmas more special than ever before.


When thinking back on Christmas memories, an individual thought does not come to mind, but collections of memories do. Now that I am older, I cherish the time with our family and especially by going to both grandparent gatherings.


One year, my Mother decided to be organized and write what the gifts were on the package, and then place the bow over her writing. She would peek under the bow, see what the gift was, and then pass them out in order of importance (she wanted to give the good stuff last). I noticed what she was doing, started peeking myself, and got really excited before I even had a chance to get the paper off!


My favorite holiday has always been Christmas. When I lived at home with my parents as a child, I always set my alarm for 4:30 or 5 in the morning. I’d wake everyone in the house up to start the day. The first year when I moved out and was on my own, I still showed up at my parents’ house at 5 in the morning to carry on the tradition.


It was my first year working for a new company. I have two daughters to buy for and was assured I would receive a $500 Christmas bonus. Due to this, I thought I had nothing to worry about. I made no effort to save any extra money, and just waited for my bonus check so I could start shopping.

When the checks arrived, there were none for me! It turned out that when I started, there was a paper that should have been filled out and I never received it. I had no idea what I would do about getting my girls Christmas that year. As a single mom, I was devastated.

What started as one of the worst Christmas memories turned out to be a true Christian Blessing. All of the employees collected money and gave it to me with a Christmas card. Then, when I went to Church the Sunday before Christmas, the preacher placed a $100 in my hand when he greeted me. The preacher had no idea what had happened that year, but God did. My favorite memory is when God sent Christmas Blessings down from Heaven for me and my girls.

Share Your Christmas Memory With Us!

Christmas is such a special time of the year that brings everybody together. We’d love to hear your stories!


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