Oh Christmas Tree

December 30, 2017

This week, 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. Schulz did.

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 was so exhausted 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 tabletop tree.  Vickie thought it was so small and ugly, she began to cry at the thought that this shrunken 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, we see out the old year with a story that reminds us of what this season is really all about. 

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Comments 1-5 of 12

  • Clara Herrin

    01/16/2018 05:11 AM

    I know my comment is a little late, but I still wanted to be part of this Christmas exercise. I remember way back when I was just a little girl of around 4 or 5 my mother and I were taking a trip from Pittsburgh, PA to Tucson, Arizona. It was during the Christmas season. Since we were on a train there wasn't very much room for the usual Christmas tree, so she bought a little tree that we put on the table between our seats. We decorated it with whatever we could find. I thought it was great and enjoyed having it. My best present that year was lying in my berth, looking out the window, and watching the dancing lights in the sky. It's a memory that will stay with me forever.

  • Laura Buntin

    01/02/2018 04:56 PM

    Its good to always be greatful, no matter what the circumstances. Someone who needs encouragement may be watching. God bless you, Mike.

  • Keith Flagg

    12/31/2017 01:30 PM

    Mike what do u make of this Patriot Check thing going around? And what do U think of investing in Digital Currency's?

  • Deena Grimsley

    12/31/2017 09:41 AM

    Just beautiful.... thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Jeanne Bullock

    12/31/2017 09:21 AM

    I love your simple Christmas stories. I read your comments every day. Thank you for speaking truth.