December 25, 2018


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Today's Commentary --- Merry Christmas -- Home for Christmas -- Not a great combination -- Christmas miracle -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Holiday notes -- Dr. Seuss was right -- 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...

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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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:




Christmas miracle

By Mike Huckabee

What do you know, it’s a Christmas miracle!  I am in complete agreement with something proposed by Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!,hp1bt


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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?'

Sulking, I replied, ‘Yeah.’ 

He said, 'That is one of my BEST Christmases. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had a lot of love to give.'

I have since changed my opinion...(Now), it is one of my best Christmas memories also.  My heart grew 3 sizes that day!...Ever since, I make it a point to make a homemade gift for the people in my family.  Last year, I made everyone throw quilts. Christmas is more than a day... It is a memory!”


Thank you, Tina for that precious memory and a valuable lesson for us all.  It’s not the presents you spend money on that stay with your kids for a lifetime, it’s your presence spent with them that they’ll cherish forever. 


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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  • Sarah Menne

    12/28/2018 12:24 AM

    As an amusing sideline, my youngest son Matt, his wife, and his 7 kids were here for Christmas. As they were packing up to leave in their long 16-passenger van, Jamie, their 4 year old had a question, first to Yvette who had her ask me the question. She asked – since today we were celebrating Jesus’ birthday (and my birthday): “Is Grandma Jesus?” I assured her I was not but I was very honored to share His birthday. I hope and pray she sees a lot of Jesus in me! This question reminded me of Art Linkletter’s program: “Kids say the darndest things” :)