Christmas means a whole lot more

December 23, 2019 |

A few years ago, inspired by my book “A Simple Christmas,” I asked listeners of my radio show to share their own favorite Christmas memories. Last year, to let my staffers and myself enjoy some time off with our families, we dug into the archives to share some of those wonderful stories with my newsletter/website readers. Since we have many more subscribers now, I thought I would share them with you again, along with some more that have never run before. I hope they’ll add some extra joy to your holiday season!

If you have a treasured family Christmas story you’d like to share in the comments, I’d love to read it. Please be advised that by doing so, you grant us the right to share your story in the future in various media. For instance, if you have a great story like the ones I’m sharing this year, I might lift it out of the comments and share it with everyone next year.

We’ll be back with updates on the news after the holidays. Don’t worry, if anything major happens, I’ll put down my Christmas ham or stop playing with my grandkids to comment on it (but it will have to be EXTREMELY major!)

Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

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This story shows us that Dr. Seuss was right: Christmas is not something that comes from a store.   Christmas means a whole lot more.  
 
Tina from California wrote that she was a struggling single mom for many years.  She managed to keep a roof over her daughter and son's heads.  But there was no money for the Christmas extravagances many families enjoy.  They had to be creative and "make do."  
 
Instead of buying cards, they'd call relatives and sing carols to them over the phone.  And instead of buying fancy Christmas treats, they'd go into the kitchen and make donuts out of Pillsbury biscuit dough, and sweeten and decorate them with cinnamon and sugar.  Tina said that for years, Christmas wasn't a good memory for her.  All she remembered about those Christmases was being poor.
 
Then, Tina wrote:
“When my son was 20, he said 'Mom, remember when we used to make donuts and sing to everyone for Christmas?' 
 
Sulking, I replied, ‘Yeah.’  
 
He said, 'That is one of my BEST Christmases. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had a lot of love to give.' 
 
I have since changed my opinion...(Now), it is one of my best Christmas memories also.  My heart grew 3 sizes that day!...Ever since, I make it a point to make a homemade gift for the people in my family.  Last year, I made everyone throw quilts. Christmas is more than a day... It is a memory!”
 
Thank you, Tina for that precious memory and a valuable lesson for us all.  It’s not the presents you spend money on that stay with your kids for a lifetime, it’s your presence spent with them that they’ll cherish forever.  

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Comments 1-7 of 7

  • Sally Reilly

    12/25/2019 06:38 PM

    Governor Huckabee, Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful Christmas miracle story. And thank you for your newsletter which blesses me every day. You are one of very few news sources I trust.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Sally

  • Hank Wacker

    12/25/2019 11:53 AM

    To me Christmas is Christ as a child. Growing up our small family lived in an apartment in the Bronx Christmas Eve midnight church service was special. Our tiny Lutheran congregation sang songs and the altar had a decorated Christmas tree. We were not poor because at home we had heat, one small black and white tv.,a bedroom I shared with my older sister and a tiny kitchen my mom used to cook in. Dad played songs on his accordion while my sister and I opened Santa’s gifts, sometimes a shirt and tie because it was needed for school back in the 40’s. With blessings of health we were rich and shared love.

  • Linda Parker

    12/25/2019 06:31 AM

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for this sweet story from Tina. Please remind everyone that Christmas may be an unhappy time for many and to reach out to those who are sad. Most of all, let us pray for our President who is attacked nonstop day after day. May Godbless you for all you do!

  • Beverly Corl

    12/24/2019 03:45 PM

    The house is decorated, Christmas carols are playing and presents are wrapped , preparing traditional food and kids arrive for dinner. But the best is this. The house is loud with talking, laughing and grandchildren and great grandchildren are loud and running around. It’s hectic but worth it all. I love sitting back and watching and listening and feeling so blessed that they really like and love each other. We are Italian so we are loud , its just second nature to us. We are huggers too. So being with my family is the best. I thank God for his precious blessing of family. Merry Christmas.

  • Marilynn Hall

    12/24/2019 01:47 PM

    Thank you! Yes I remember making our own ornaments and going in the woods and cutting a cedar tree for a Christmas tree; but I love your biscuit story and singing over the phone better!!! Thank you and God Bless your Christmas today and forever!

  • Amelia Little

    12/24/2019 11:16 AM

    My kids also said that not getting the latest game console or a laptop or whatever for Christmas didn't bother them at all. They remember our Christmases fondly anyway. It was the family we were with and the fun they had with cousins that made the day for them.

  • Pat Sands

    12/24/2019 10:25 AM

    In the early 1950's my dad worked for Lockheed in Burbank, CA. When I was 6 yrs old I went with dad that Christmas to deliver food baskets to families. That giving to others has stayed with all these years.
    Merry Christmas