A Baby Boomer's special Christmas memory

December 29, 2018

Mary B. Walsh of the nostalgic and inspiring “Dear Baby Boomer” blog (check it out at http://dearbabyboomer.blogspot.com) shared this special memory of another child who appeared at Christmas.  It was 1956, and Mary was five years old.  Six glittering stockings were hung on the mantle.  The kids circled the piano and sang as Dad played “Joy to the World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”  Mary wrote:

“Snow was falling silently, draping our familiar world in soft flannel...It would be a white Christmas for sure!  A muffled voice broke through the darkness. The playing stopped as we stood motionless, hoping to hear it once again.

‘It's a BOY! We have a BOY!‘ 

Dad threw open the window and a gust of chilly winter air swept in the joyous news. Our neighbor leaned out the window, waving her arms ecstatically, heralding the birth of her great grandson. Jimmy John would be a welcome addition to the family of three daughters! Waiting hot chocolate topped off the excitement before heading up to bed. 

As I lay awake, gazing out at the full winter moon. I pondered the words we had sung... ‘Joy to the world...The Lord is come...Let earth receive her King...’  An only son had been born tonight, bringing joy which could not be contained. They wanted to share it with the world...Kind of like the angels so long ago. God's only son, born on a night such as this...Yet more than just a babe He was...

I thought back a year, remembering my oldest brother pointing out the silhouette of Santa's reindeer crossing in front of the moon out my window. I was sure I saw it too! How could I sleep? But this year was different. I closed my eyes and slept so peacefully... I was not looking for reindeer...for I had heard the angels sing!”

Thank you for sharing that beautifully written story, Mary.  And I wonder if one more coincidence occurred to you? That the person who gave us this inspiring story of a precious child born on Christmas Day was named…“Mary.” 

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  • Mary Ann Spade

    12/31/2018 04:01 PM

    Regarding pulling out of Syria or Iraq, brought to mind listening to EWTN and the Vatican Pro-Nincio was being interviewed. He was called to the White House by Pres. George Bush about going into Iraq. The Pro-Nuncio said "I all but got down on my knees and begged him not to go into Iraq, you will go in there and never be able to get out"
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  • Diane L Womble

    12/31/2018 03:49 PM

    I was sitting in the balcony of my Methodist Church, waiting for the service to start when my phone 'burped'. I flipped it open and, with the help of a friend's teenage son, saw the message and pix of my daughter's identical twin boys, born between 6 & 7:00 pm on Christmas Eve. I've never felt so blessed as I was....my son had given me 3 granddaughters (from two different wives, previously), but my daughter & son-in-law had told me long ago that they weren't going to have any children. I was aware of her pregnancy, but she wasn't due till Jan. 23. I had long prayed that she would experience 'Motherhood', and now, her husband (who is himself an identical twin) can now experience what his poor Mother went through in raising him and his brother. Unfortunately, his Mother died of a sudden heart attack on Dec. 16th. It's been a wonderful, though somewhat sad, Christmas, but we are so blessed and thankful that everyone is safe and healthy and looking forward to a glorious new year.

  • Joanne Sgrignoli

    12/30/2018 02:39 PM

    A beautiful story! As a "Christmas Baby" (at 64, "baby" is a great title), I learned long ago that I shared Jesus' birthday. Decorations go up, the world prepares to celebrate, songs heralding the birth of the Son of God, the King of Kings, and my birthday cake reads " Happy Birthday Jesus & Joanne." What an honor to share His birthday!
    Joy to the World, indeed!