December 19, 2016

A few years ago, inspired by my book, “A Simple Christmas,” I asked listeners to my radio show “The Huckabee Report” to share their favorite Christmas stories from their own families. They sent so many great ones, both moving and hilarious, that it became an annual tradition. With Christmas just a week away, I thought I would pull out seven of my favorites and share one a day with you. If you enjoy these stories, please let me know in the comments.

This first one 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.

Somehow, he hitchhiked 450 miles home. His last ride dropped him off several miles from the cottage where his pregnant wife was. He walked the last few miles in pitch darkness, assuming that at that late hour, his wife would have long since gone to bed. But as he neared the little house, he saw the light shining in the bedroom window.

When he opened the door, he found his darling, still awake and thrilled to be in his arms again. She'd waited up for him, never giving up hope that her dearest would find some way to be home for Christmas. Phyllis wrote, "This true story was told to me by my dad before he passed away in 2000. The young couple were my parents…And I was the baby they were expecting."

I'm glad that Phyllis’ parents' faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles was passed down to her, and I thank her for passing their family’s cherished story on to us.

Tomorrow, a story that proves some things should not be together at Christmas, at least not on your dinner plate.

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  • Bradley S Ragon

    12/27/2016 12:15 AM

    Reading such a touching but true story, especially during Christmas really seems to tug so hard at your Heart. Just bringing these stories to our attention surely means so much to those experiencing such tough times. It gives them something to hope for and may help them build the Faith they need to get back on track. Thank you so much for taking the time to put these out for us to experience, and I would like to Wish You a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

  • Kenneth Adamson

    12/24/2016 11:41 AM

    God bless you Mike, thanks for the Christian leadership in our country. There's times that things seem dark; but I always see that light in you. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a happy new year.

  • Denise Rhoden

    12/24/2016 11:23 AM

    How encouraging to hear about people who remember the true meaning of Christmas and that it is more blessed to give than receive. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  • Beatrice A Olmsted

    12/24/2016 11:12 AM

    Loved the Christmas story. Thanks for sharing. I feel much more comfortable this year saying Merry Christmas to sales people etc. and they seem much more free to say it back in return and even smile instead of looking nervous about responding.

  • Libby Barron

    12/19/2016 11:38 PM

    I really enjoyed this special story and I'm looking forward to the rest of them. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  • Libby Barron

    12/19/2016 11:34 PM

    Loved this story. Ready for more! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rita Van Dyke

    12/19/2016 09:35 PM

    I enjoyed the story, very sweet and a reminder to always keep a light burning in the window and in our hearts for our loved ones.

  • Sky Sinclair

    12/19/2016 07:55 PM

    Thank you for your informative emails. I've enjoyed them especially because I know you are a Christian. That's important in today's world. Thank you again and God Bless....

  • Hal Baumbach

    12/19/2016 06:33 PM

    Great story! Keep the good stories coming. I really enjoy them.

  • Sue Mikesell

    12/19/2016 06:21 PM

    This was so touching. I can't wait read other stories.

  • Patricia Garbush

    12/19/2016 06:02 PM

    What a wonderful story, thank you. I'm looking forward to reading all the stories, and share them with my husband and family. God Bless you and God Bless Mr. Trump. We have been praying for him since day one, just feeling this all is God's will.

  • Terrie Gipson

    12/19/2016 04:18 PM

    I love that you are sharing your favorite Christmas stories. We need more positive things to focus on! "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8. Thanks!

  • Linda Radosevich

    12/19/2016 03:49 PM

    I love your Christmas stories! just read the first one and am looking forward to six more this week! Thank you!

  • Jim Simpson

    12/19/2016 03:18 PM

    Thanks Phyllis and Gov. Huck - can relate to this since I am a vet. In 1959 while stationed in Korea home seemed a long way away. But as usual God brought me home safely in 1960. My wife and I of now 60 years have not missed a Christmas since. I have never forgotten the feeling of distance and separation at Christmas in 1959.

    May God protect and bless those of our military and their families as they so unselfishly protect our country and families.

  • Lisa A. Palmer

    12/19/2016 02:19 PM

    Beautiful story!

  • Marc Olson

    12/19/2016 12:31 PM

    A very good Christmas story! Thank you.

  • IIngrid Forsberg

    12/19/2016 12:06 PM

    Beautiful, wonderful true story. These are the kind of people that make America special.

  • Joseph C Healy

    12/19/2016 11:58 AM

    I enjoy your daily emails, your political comments and others, such as these stories of faith, hope, and love. Keep 'em coming.

  • Judi Duffy

    12/19/2016 11:42 AM

    Thank you, Gov. Mike. Heartfelt stuff like this is what has made me a faithful follower of you and your career for many years.

  • Keith McDonald

    12/19/2016 10:59 AM

    What a great story! A story of faith and trust.

  • Rudy baker

    12/19/2016 10:57 AM

    I plan to read these stories each day. I recommend readers. Preview "The Boys of Bennimg". These co-authors spent several years with out being home with loved ones. Merry Christmas! Rudy

  • Kathy Simmons

    12/19/2016 10:10 AM

    What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to the others you will post. Blessings!!

  • Ron Childs

    12/19/2016 09:36 AM

    Great! Keep them coming. God bless you & merry Christmas.

  • Robert L. Fragoman

    12/19/2016 09:25 AM

    Hi Mike, I loved the story of the soldiers wife. Keep them coming.

  • Patsy Seaberry

    12/19/2016 08:48 AM

    I love these stories! Thank you so much for sharing! Please continue & I pray you & your family have a very blessed Christmas!!

  • maurice calvert

    12/19/2016 07:45 AM

    An inspiring store of HOPE AND LOYALTY.