December 26, 2018


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Today's Commentary --- Above and beyond during the holidays -- Home for Christmas -- Not a great combination -- Merry Christmas -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Holiday notes -- Dr. Seuss was right -- A little child shall lead them --- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse


A few years ago, inspired by my book “A Simple Christmas,” I asked listeners of my radio show to share their own favorite Christmas memories.  While my staffers and I are enjoying some time off with our families, I’m digging into the archives to share some of those wonderful stories again.  I hope they’ll add some extra joy to your holiday season...

Recently, police officers have become targets of hatred, assaults and even deadly violence.  Right now is a perfect time to stop and reflect on the many ways in which police officers and other first responders such as firefighters and EMTs give up their holidays so that we can enjoy ours in safety.  Many also go above and beyond the call of duty by performing incredible volunteer work.  One of those was a listener of mine named Randy, a retired police sergeant from Wyoming.  He shared a memory of a time when playing Santa Claus should have come with hazardous duty pay. 

Randy wrote:

"For many years, it was my distinct pleasure to assume the role of 'real Santa' at Christmas time. Though my sleigh was still a black and white sedan, my uniform changed from dark blues to a genuine Santa suit. 


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Home for Christmas

By Mike Huckabee

This story perfectly illustrates how nothing can keep us apart from the ones we love at Christmas. 

A listener named Phyllis wrote that it was Christmas Eve, 1942.  A young woman was waiting, pregnant and alone, for her husband of 4 months, who'd been drafted into the Army and was training to be a pilot somewhere in the Arizona desert.  He had written to her that he couldn't get leave, so they would not be together on their first Christmas as husband and wife. Refusing to let herself get discouraged, she kept a light on in the window as she wrapped a few gifts.  

Meanwhile, he was way off in Arizona, quietly reading letters from her, when his sergeant came into the barracks and asked what he was doing there on Christmas Eve.  When he heard about the soldier’s pregnant wife, the sarge gave him permission to go home. But that was just the first obstacle down.

The young private grabbed a few belongings and raced to find any way to get back to California. But there were no more trains or buses that night.  So he walked to the nearest highway and stuck out his thumb. 



Not a great combination

By Mike Huckabee

Warning: the following story is not for the weak of stomach!

One thing everyone loves about the holidays is all the great foods we indulge in only once a year. Every family has its special dishes that simply must be on the table, from oyster dressing to yams with tiny marshmallows. But sometimes, they don’t make for a great combination, on the plate or in your stomach.

Kevin from Maryland wrote me that he grew up in a Norwegian family that always served the notorious fish dish, lutefisk, which he jokingly called, “the piece of Cod that passes all understanding." (The recipe involves soaking a piece of cod fish in lye for three days. Seriously.)

Kevin recalled:




Merry Christmas

By Mike Huckabee

I chose this story for Christmas Day because it proves that Christmas is a time for miracles.  And not just the miracles that happened 2,000 years ago, but those that God is showing us every day if we just open our eyes and our hearts to see them. 

A listener named Sheila from Oklahoma wrote to me: 

"I was diagnosed with Hodgkins' Disease lymphoma and felt I had been given a death sentence. I believed it was the last time I would celebrate my young son's birthday, my last Thanksgiving and my last Christmas.  So everything about Christmas was vital to me. I hand-wrote personal messages to everyone on my card list, carefully selected and wrapped gifts and insisted on decorating my home alone with my son, in spite of chemotherapy.



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The Baltic Experience 2019

By Mike Huckabee

I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.

To learn more about this exciting trip, visit my website here.

See you on the boat,

Mike Huckabee


Holiday notes

By Mike Huckabee

My staff and I are taking a break to enjoy Christmas and New Years with our families.  But never fear, you will continue to receive our daily newsletter.  Last year, I shared some wonderful family Christmas stories sent to me by listeners of my former radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” and inspired by my book, “A Simple Christmas.” Response was so positive that this year, I will be sharing more great tales from the treasure trove of true holiday memories sent in by our extended family of Huckabee listeners.  Some stories are hilarious, some heartbreaking and some miraculous, but all will fill you with the true spirit of Christmas.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy them, and you’ll receive twice daily installments of them all next week. 

Incidentally, if they inspire you to want to share your own favorite family Christmas stories with the world, and make sure they are preserved and passed on, please feel free to send me a message.  I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would, too!  But be aware that by doing so, you grant me permission to share your story in perpetuity in all forms of media, just as these stories shared by my radio listeners several years ago are now bringing laughter, tears and inspiration to my newsletter and website readers.    

Of course, if anything really major happens in the news that I feel I simply have to explain or comment on, I’ll add that to the newsletters as well.  But it would have to be real news, and not what passes for news on some 24/7 cable news outlets.  For instance, if there’s nothing to talk about but horrible disasters that might happen but actually haven’t yet, or a devastating government shutdown that hardly anyone notices (shouldn’t most government offices be shut down over Christmas anyway?) or that President Trump said something everyone knows to be true but people are outraged because he wasn’t supposed to say it…Well, I will not set down a plate of Christmas ham or stop wrapping gifts for my grandkids to deal with that. 


I wish you all a joyous, safe and blessed holiday season!  Merry Christmas!



Dr. Seuss was right

By Mike Huckabee

This story shows us that Dr. Seuss was right: Christmas is not something that comes from a store.   Christmas means a whole lot more.  

Tina from California wrote that she was a struggling single mom for many years.  She managed to keep a roof over her daughter and son's heads.  But there was no money for the Christmas extravagances many families enjoy.  They had to be creative and "make do." 

Instead of buying cards, they'd call relatives and sing carols to them over the phone.  And instead of buying fancy Christmas treats, they'd go into the kitchen and make donuts out of Pillsbury biscuit dough, and sweeten and decorate them with cinnamon and sugar.  Tina said that for years, Christmas wasn't a good memory for her.  All she remembered about those Christmases was being poor.

Then, Tina wrote:

“When my son was 20, he said 'Mom, remember when we used to make donuts and sing to everyone for Christmas?'



A little child shall lead them

By Mike Huckabee

One thing we all learned from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is that it’s not how fancy your tree is that matters, it’s the love it represents.  A radio listener of mine named Vicky from California sent me a beautiful story that illustrated that as well as Charles M. Schulz did.

Vicky recalled a time years before, when her young family was desperately poor and struggling to provide Christmas for their three small children.  Her husband brought home a tree, but was so exhausted after working 14 hours, he hadn't noticed it was dead and brown on one side. 

A neighbor tried to help by giving them a little 18-inch, lighted tabletop tree.  Vickie thought it was so small and ugly, she began to cry at the thought that this shrunken thing would be their family's tree.  Just then, her little daughter began to cry, too, and hugged her. But she was crying for a very different reason.

The little girl said in awe, “That is the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. Do we really get to have that as our tree this year?" 

Vicki wrote, “I had a permanent attitude change.  That night, I couldn't stop thanking our Heavenly Father enough for His blessings.”  

So you see, it’s true: A little child shall lead them. 



Evening Edition - December 21

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


Daily Verse

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." – John 3:16

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  • Lee Mar Zarr

    12/26/2018 10:03 AM

    Why does the "so-called government shutdown" stop just because the dems take office? IF the government is shut down why do the dems get paid...or how can they take office or control of a government that is shut down?
    Paying for the wall... do some "home-grown marketing" with each metal slat being painted white on the USA side. Why do this...each slate is "rented" for 5 years with the owners name stenciled on each slate they own (cost $20.00 a year). The first five years rent ($100.00), is paid up front, and after 5 years the person can cancel or pay monthly or pay $75.00 for another 5 years ownership of the slat. Plus why is the top of the slated fence should have razor wire at the top! Also if some one or a group or organization (NOT ADVERTISERS--NO ADVERTISEMENTS), wants to buy a bulk of slats and make murals then those go by the sq. foot/bulk slats). There could be a "memorial section" dedicated to all the border patrol agents who are killed in the line of duty or die after dedicated service. This would be a slated fence by the people, and for the people with some very "uniqueness" to it. Imagine being able to tell your children "we help protect our country, and here is a photo to prove what our family did by buying the slat(s), with the family name or our mural on it!"