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.