The Perfect Christmas Eve Story

December 24, 2016 |

Every day this week, I’m sharing “Simple Christmas” memories sent to me by my radio listeners. On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the One who told us, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” But sometimes, we don't realize how many people around us really do care about us.

Linda from North Carolina wrote, "Several years ago, we had a family up the hill who were having a very rough time. They had broken glass in their windows, no heat and no prospects for a nice Christmas.

We got neighbors together and one day when they were gone, the men went up and put in new glass, bought heaters and warmed up their trailer and went to get them a Christmas tree. The ladies and kids made ornaments, went to stores and got donations of toys and clothing, food and electric blankets. We all met at the trailer, cooked, decorated, put up the tree, wrapped packages, and made beds with the new blankets then went to our home to wait for them to return.

A while later, the family came running down the hill in the snow and flew into our house, trying to tell us through tears what someone had done. The mother couldn't believe that so many people cared about them. She didn't realize it, but being able to do that for them made Christmas very special for all of us."

Thank you again, Linda, for that perfect Christmas Eve story, reminding us that the gifts that give us the most satisfaction are those we give to others. Tomorrow, our final story for Christmas Day, and appropriately enough, it will leave you believing in miracles.

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  • Jeffrey

    12/31/2016 12:20 PM

    This is what "Makes America Great"...people of faith, living it out, seeing Jesus in their neighbor.
    President Trump will give us that opportunity, a breath of fresh air from the open persecution of Christians in our country...we just need to open our eyes and ears and hearts to our Lord's Calling.

  • Maria Nevolina Odete Bernardete Almeida

    12/28/2016 12:27 AM

    What a touching story. "God" sends angels only they don't have wings. Lovely people. "May God bless them". 12/28/2016 (Melbourne, Australia)

  • Kathy Simmons

    12/27/2016 01:00 AM

    What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!

  • Stevie Robertson

    12/26/2016 07:29 PM

    Very good story, if we all would only help our neighbors, no Matter what the situation, life would be better for all

  • Michelle Van Meter

    12/26/2016 08:02 AM

    Oh my! I am reminded of the quote" And they will know we are Christians by our Love"
    THE gift goes in.. Ptl

  • Betty Maurer

    12/25/2016 11:46 AM

    I loved Linda's story, so representative of the love -- which must give -- which the Lord Jesus graciously deposits into the heart of every believer. Thank you for all of His love you so faithfully share with all. I appreciate you and your family, so clearly expressing that love and commitment of those who love and selflessly serve our Savior. May His richest blessings fill, flood and surround you and your loved ones this Christmas and in the coming New Year.
    In Jesus' love,
    Betty

  • Cheryl Kervin

    12/25/2016 10:33 AM

    Loved this story about true Christmas giving. Thank you so much for sharing this. God bless and Merry Christmas!

  • Conrad E Cook

    12/25/2016 08:18 AM

    Wonderful, caring story. It gave me a warm feeling just sharing the thoughts. MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

  • DR Gary M Stuhlmiller

    12/25/2016 06:24 AM

    A lovely story that brought a tear to my eye. I have heard so many wonderful true life stories like this one. God's love penetrates any darkness.

  • Eileen Glass

    12/24/2016 10:46 PM

    Thank you for that wonderful story of love. Just wish more people were like those neighbors.

  • Alan McCoy

    12/24/2016 09:44 PM

    It is alway so inspiring to hear stories like this of how God uses people to bring joy into someone else's life.
    Alan

  • Malone Foshee Pitts

    12/24/2016 09:40 PM

    I absolutely love this story. Blessed my heart! That's what Jesus would do!
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Robert Kenneth Brooke

    12/24/2016 08:11 PM

    Thanks Mike. The stories are a great reminder that no matter what Michelle Obama says there is still Hope in America. We just don't hear about it.
    God Bless and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • Edythe Stewart

    12/24/2016 08:09 PM

    I love Christmas stories. Especially those that bring out the real meaning of Christmas...giving. Christ gave so we should follow his example.

  • Sergeant First Class Patricia A. McMahon, USA(Ret)

    12/24/2016 05:29 PM

    What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it. Also, thank you for allowing comments. Many times I've wanted to thank you for the clarity your words have brought me. I hope the comment section will continue. By the way--GOOD GOING on the slap in the face that Obama gave Israel!! Keep it up!

  • Cathy Crowley

    12/24/2016 05:27 PM

    What a wonderful story. The happy, excited feeling of receiving a gift on our list of 'wants' lasts until we make a new list. The shiver of anticipation we feel when we give a gift, an unexpected gift lasts at least until the next time we can do it again...and again. After a time, one realizes the feeling of giving far exceeds the feeling of getting. It's a win-win! God bless you and those you love at this time of celebrating our Savior's birth.

  • Joe Kehrt

    12/24/2016 05:22 PM

    Thanks for the story about the real meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • Calvin & Gwen Woods

    12/24/2016 05:06 PM

    This is such a wonderful heartwarming story, we pray that such love will begin to permeate our society, and unity will take place.

    God loves all of us so very much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to take the penalty for our sins. We pray that many more people will accept His precious gift.

    We pray that God's richest blessings will be endowed on the United States of America.

  • Linda Radosevich

    12/24/2016 03:40 PM

    I love everyone of your Christmas stories...thank you for sharing how others reflect Christ's love,

  • Allen S. Combs

    12/24/2016 03:08 PM

    This is a beautiful example of love and self sacrifice. That is what Christmas is all about,

  • Lynn Middlebrook

    12/24/2016 02:40 PM

    A beautiful tribute to the humanity that still exists and a great reminder for all of us to love our neighbors every day.
    Merry Christmas to one and all and I hope to hear about more generous giving this Christmas season and all seasons!

  • Dolly Atkins

    12/24/2016 02:40 PM

    It's a wonderful story. If more people were like that, the world wouldn't be in the mess it's in. Thank you for sharing the story. May God Bless You and your family with a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!!

  • Donna McMaster

    12/24/2016 02:23 PM

    Yes, Mike...that story was worth sharing because it pulled at the heart-strings. Thanks for sharing :-D

  • Patricia Skidmore

    12/24/2016 02:15 PM

    Thank you for sharing these stories. I spent the morning g being sad & discouraged. Then I read stories you shared & they really were encouraging.

  • Harry Baus

    12/24/2016 02:00 PM

    This is what is needed, not just at Christmas time, but year round. Think of how you can help those truly in need, and DO something positive for them.

  • JUANITA IRIS WAGERS

    12/24/2016 01:52 PM

    What a wonderful way to show Christ's love to others. I am sure that family was thrilled to know someone cared about them enough to provide warmth, food love for them.

  • Roland Fleck MD

    12/24/2016 01:13 PM

    The motto of the Season is "Good will toward Men" - and I might add, " Good will toward Men AND Wildlife". Living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we are used to rough winters and see daily, how the Creatures have a hard time making it through the harsh, long, winter Season. Some animals die from starvation, but most of the deer, moose and elk, which do not survive the winters, succumb to human traffic on icy roads. Too many carcasses line the border of the road, with animals, who could not make it across the busy Highways.
    It was morning rush hour, when I left home to do some errands in Jackson. The traffic of our subdivision, 5 miles west of Jackson, merges with a busy road which connects the State Idaho with the town of Jackson, Wyoming. It had snowed and piles of snow were on both sides of the highway, when I spotted the tips of antlers behind a large snow bank. Clearly he wanted to cross the highway, whatever it was, an elk or a deer. I came to an abrupt stop and the traffic behind me built up instantly. I frantically flashed my lights from low beam to high beam, for and back, to alert the oncoming traffic. The other driver could not realize what I wanted to tell him, but he understood to stop the traffic, as well on his side of the road. It took the animal a few seconds to realize that the bumper-to-bumper traffic had stopped. He took the opportunity to jauntily hop across the snowbank, cross the road and repeat the jump on the opposite side of the highway and flee into the snowy hills. After a few minutes the traffic resumed at the usual speed. It was not much of an inconvenience for the commuters, but it made my day , as it surely did for all the other drivers.

  • Gigi Foster

    12/24/2016 01:13 PM

    Thank you for your excellent truthful commentary @ Trump & for these uplifting stories @ the true meaning of Christmas! God Bless you & your family!

  • Sylvia Stein

    12/24/2016 01:04 PM

    That was a beautiful and moving story. Being from NC I can picture this so clearly. Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas!!

  • Marilea Ryder

    12/24/2016 01:02 PM

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing and lifting my spirits.

  • beverly thrasher

    12/24/2016 12:41 PM

    What a wonderful story. I wished there were more people like that in this world. Thats why god put us on earth to help one another. God is great. God bless all of you. Have a merry christmas and Happy new year.

  • La Donna Malles

    12/24/2016 12:35 PM

    Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself and that was the second command so you all were obeying the Lord so I'm sure you were joyfully blessed. I love these kinds of stories.

  • Don E. Sparkman

    12/24/2016 12:14 PM

    Thanks Mike for sharing this with us. It reminds that the Christmas story really is a story of giving.
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • Mary Blood

    12/24/2016 11:56 AM

    Your stories always remind me of what life in Christ should be. Thank you for sharing and for all you do to promote the King and His Kingdom.

  • Leslie Ann Calianno

    12/24/2016 11:50 AM

    Love the story! Perfect for Christmas...Merry Christmas, Mike!

  • Mary Morrison

    12/24/2016 11:47 AM

    What lovely, thoughtful neighbors! That's the way communities and neighborhoods should be!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Marcia Weisz

    12/24/2016 11:40 AM

    Beautiful story. Would it not be a near paradise if everyone in the world was like that!

  • Linda Kay Coss

    12/24/2016 11:38 AM

    Governor Huckabee, I am Linda as well, but from the great state of Arkansas--a place you know and LOVE. Thank you for sharing this story about families in North Carolina. With all the heartache that is going on in their state, my heart is thrilled for the Christmas shared among these families--giving AND receiving!
    Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family! ????????

  • Nancy Holt

    12/24/2016 11:31 AM

    That was such a touching story. I wish we could always have that spirit of love and giving that Christmas usually brings out. God Bless.

  • Leslie Linson

    12/24/2016 11:30 AM

    I loved this story! As Christians this is how we should be to our neighbors every day of the year.
    I love all the emails you send me too.
    Thank you, Mike and Merry Christmas!

  • Melody Gaspard

    12/24/2016 11:26 AM

    I loved the stories - they remind of us what Christmas - and life - is all about. It's ALL about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and being obedient to what He commanded us to do- to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Thank you for sharing!

  • Elizabeth McKenna

    12/24/2016 11:05 AM

    Thanks, Governor, for that story. It teaches us that the gifts of true charity and mercy reflect right back on those who give them. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours.

  • Edwn

    12/24/2016 11:04 AM

    Absolutely wonderful, that's what Christmas should be...

    Thanks for sharing...

  • Marygrace Meier

    12/24/2016 10:56 AM

    I believe the great's gift is giving of yourself to other in any way, a smile, open a door, cookies, a hug or just words of caring. I'm 80 years old, been married 62 years, have 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. God has blessed me and my husband beyond words and given me the ideas to give and give till it hurts to all my brother and sister in this world. Thank you for share the good in this world, it makes my heart sing praises to the Lord our God!

  • Rosemarie Dalton

    12/24/2016 10:55 AM

    For some reason I'm struggling with Christmas this year. Not the joy of Jesus birth on this Christmas Eve, just lacking the enthusiasm I usually have. Perhaps the 2nd Anniversary of my husbands passing has affected me more this year than last, or that the big family dinners that are no more have left a void in my life this year. I even neglected to help the homeless shelter during the holidays. I just feel a void.
    Reading the heartfelt stories brought tears to my eyes as I recall past joys shared....thanks for sharing them with us.
    Mike you were my choice for President again this past election, I really believed in my heart that you would have made it this time. I truly believe that God's timing is always right in all things but sometimes those beliefs are difficult when faced with disappointment.
    I shall close as I always do, sending....
    Blessings, love, hugs, & prayers.
    May you & your family be filled with the joys of Jesus birth. Merry Christmas
    Rosemarie

  • Faith Hoffman

    12/24/2016 10:52 AM

    What a beautiful example of the truth of President Ronald Reagan's statement: We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

  • Chester Diers

    12/24/2016 10:46 AM

    You have my information AND this story brought tears to my eyes, NOT just because of the WONDERFUL act, BUT, because it makes me realize what true Americans are ALL ABOUT!!! It really is a shame that SO few make MOST of our problems and they, most likely; are politicians or greedy individuals!! I am NOT for redistribution of wealth, BUT, sometimes enough is TOO much and EVERYONE should have a minimal standard of living!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from me and mine!!!!

  • Betsy Christeson

    12/24/2016 10:43 AM

    Thank you for reminding us what Christmas is REALLY all about! Thank you too for your strong stand in Biblical Values. You & others like you are the kind of leadership our country needs to make it great again!
    God Bless you!

  • Patrick Springer

    12/24/2016 10:41 AM

    Kindness should be shown to those in dire need every day!

  • Sandra S Butler

    12/24/2016 10:27 AM

    My dear husband, Jack Butler, is singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus face-to-face this year. He was a good and faithful servant. Thank you for your stories.