A Permanent Attitude Change

December 23, 2016

Every day until Christmas, I’m recounting “Simple Christmas” stories shared with me a few years ago by my radio listeners. One thing we all learned from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is that it’s not how fancy your tree is that matters, it’s the love it represents. A radio listener of mine named Vicky from California sent me a beautiful story that illustrates that as well as Charles M. Schultz did. If you enjoy these stories, please let me know in the comments below.

Vicky recalled a time years before, when her young family was desperately poor and struggling to provide Christmas for their three small children. Her husband brought home a tree, but after working 14 hours, he hadn't noticed it was dead and brown on one side.

A neighbor tried to help by giving them a little 18-inch, lighted table-top tree. Vickie thought it was so small and ugly, she began to cry at the thought that this thing would be their family's tree. Just then, her little daughter began to cry, too, and hugged her. But she was crying for a very different reason.

The little girl said in awe, “That is the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. Do we really get to have that as our tree this year?"

Vicki wrote, “I had a permanent attitude change. That night, I couldn't stop thanking our Heavenly Father enough for His blessings.”

So you see, it’s true: A little child shall lead them. Tomorrow, a story that reminds us Christmas is not about the getting, but the giving.

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  • Hadassah Wilkinson

    01/13/2017 01:52 PM

    It is a little late but I just got around to reading your wonderful Christmas stories. Thank you, Mr. Huckabee! I also enjoy your e-mails which are so full of good information and refreshing wit.
    May you be blessed this year! Hadassah

  • Thomas Smith

    12/27/2016 06:41 PM

    Church & State should be separate!

  • Kathy Simmons

    12/27/2016 12:57 AM

    Beautiful story!

  • Amanda Power

    12/24/2016 11:25 PM

    I love all these stories!!!

  • Judy Hartman

    12/24/2016 09:47 PM

    Thank you for sharing yourChristmas stories. Very uplifting.

  • Nelda and Robert Allen

    12/24/2016 05:24 PM

    I have really enjoyed reading all the CHRISTmas stories that you have shared. Hope you will do this again next year. Praying you and your family will have a Christ filled CHRISTmas and a blessed 2017!

  • Pam Short

    12/24/2016 05:15 PM

    Thank you for being a strong Christian. I grew up in a Christian home. Christmas was always about Jesus and family. God Bless and have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Dick Puter

    12/24/2016 03:46 PM

    Mike's commentaries are always spot on. Trump is not from "Bubbaville", but neither is he a product of "Bubbleville", thankfully.

    Carson should have been named Surgeon General and Huckabee to HHS !

  • William A. McNeil

    12/24/2016 03:18 PM

    Today's story about the substitute scrawny little tree was a good story, but, Monday's story about the man in the Army Airman in 1942 was the best so far.

  • Dr Michael Fourman

    12/24/2016 10:38 AM

    I work in a public health center where we provide care to the low income population of our area. Last week an elderly lady came to the reception desk needing to be seen.she said she only had a few dollars and she knew she had a rather large balance. We agreed to see her and she was escorted to an exam room. While she was being seen a woman in the waiting room came to the desk and paid $100 on the elderly lady's account and left . This annoyous lady did not know the patient but said she felt the Lord prompting her to give the money. Just as God sent His son as a gift to us so also we should take this lady's example and share money time and resources with those in need for His glory

  • Betty Barkley

    12/24/2016 09:32 AM

    I sure do like your column.
    I agree with everything you say too.
    I'm so sorry I can't give anything at the present time.

  • Joan Detherow

    12/24/2016 08:54 AM

    These are all good stories and make you remember what really makes Christmas happy. I also enjoy your column and seeing you on tv and your common sense delivery.

  • Larry Couch

    12/23/2016 07:49 PM

    thanks for the great Christmas stories. Merry Christmas

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

    12/23/2016 05:27 PM

    That was a beautiful story. It brought back memories of my first Christmas away from home in the military. We had a small table tree in our squad bay. It wasn't fabulous, but it was ours, and we loved it. Charlie Brown Christmas trees are always charming. Paperclips were the garland.

  • Joseph Haddakin

    12/23/2016 05:11 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I have thoroughly enjoyed your Simple Christmas stories.

  • Betty Marvin

    12/23/2016 04:05 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing ALL these stories. I love them, and love how they portray the spirit of Christmas. Just so you know...your emails are just about the only ones (among the many I receive) that I thoroughly read and appreciate, EVERY time I get one. Keep up the good influence. I've been a fan for several years and was so sad you didn't get more recognition in the primaries.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • John Tyler

    12/23/2016 03:22 PM

    I've been really enjoying your stories particularly the one about the "Santa Cop" yesterday. : )

  • Anthony Ferrigno

    12/23/2016 02:15 PM

    Dear Governor,

    I always love your messages and wish more people were like you. As a politician you bring integrity to the word politician unlike many others. Your thoughtfulness, kindness and simple logic and common sense is what we need more of these days. You think things through and bring in a heck of lot of knowledge unlike any other person I seen or heard. I always look forward to seeing you when you are on TV or hear and read what you have to say. I wish you well and hope you return to your show on Fox again.

    God bless you and wish you and your family a Very blessed Merry Christmas and a Very Holy, Happy and Healthy New year.

    Sincerely,
    Anthony Ferrigno

  • Betty Johanna Hutson

    12/23/2016 01:29 PM

    Beautiful story Mike about the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you for sharing this Mike. I wish that more stories like this would be available. May you and your family have a truly Nlessed Christmas. I loved your book on grits your honesty and integrity. God Nless you.

  • Patricia McDonald

    12/23/2016 01:03 PM

    A beautiful and touching story. Through a child's eyes brings God's messages much clearer. Thank you, Gov. Huckabee for sharing this. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ??

  • Marc Olson

    12/23/2016 01:03 PM

    Very worthwhile story... more of us should think the same way not just @ Christmas but all year long! Thank you for sharing.

  • Nancy Brown

    12/23/2016 12:48 PM

    I love your wit and wisdom!

  • Rod Losey

    12/23/2016 11:53 AM

    Hi Mike,

    I just sent an email to Fox News Insider. I'm sick and tired of Democrats and Liberals boycotting products, services, etc, because of political ideas, bias and bent on attacking conservative ideas. The most recent, being Anthony Boudien not attending any Trump restaurants, resorts, etc. Not-to-mention, the liberal media and Hollywood elite.

    I'm tired of college professors and school teacher brainwashing our youth and young adults with there political ideologies and then, punishing them in various ways for their religious, political or conservative ideologies.

    I agree with Wayne Root, we should be boycotting and fighting back, which I'm already doing. I think it is about time the conservative leaders in this country take a stand against this behavior and promote the same behavior by Republicans and Conservatives. When it affects there elite, fat stuffed wallets, let see how they react.

    We are being bullied, harassed and physically attacked for our viewpoints and ideologies. This is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!

    Sorry, for my anger, but the attack on Ivanka and her family is not acceptable any longer. You seem to be the only one taking these matters seriously and willing to do something about them. I can't believe, I'm the only one who feels this way. I hear a lot of "Lip Service", but no one in a leadership position is taking action. Thank God for President Elect Trump.

    Thanks for listening,

    Rod Losey

  • Paula M. Kelly

    12/23/2016 11:02 AM

    Thank you for this story Mr. Huckabee. We love you! I can certainly relate to this because I was very poor when my children were babies. I was a single mom, having been left by their dad, and I too struggled to provide for them let alone provide a Christmas for them to remember. God intervened every year and my children would have something under the tree. I was never grateful enough then but when I became a Christian I did realize how many times I was blessed by our Father in Heaven!

  • LEE CARMICHAEL

    12/23/2016 10:23 AM

    I HAVE SEEN YOUR INFO ON SOCIAL SECURITY THAT ITS OUR MONEY BUT THE LAWYERS I HAVE TALKED TO SAY THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD DO?