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One Of The Best Christmases Ever

December 27th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Was when my youngest child was 12 years old. He is 20 now so that was about eight years ago.

I'm not very good at telling stories, I'll do the best I can.

It started the week before Thanksgiving that year when I'd locked the keys inside my truck and didn't have a spare set. My purse was locked inside the truck. I called the locksmith and was waiting for him to show up and told my son "this is going to cost $35 dollars and that's exactly the amount of money I have in my wallet!". The locksmith came, unlocked the truck and I payed him. I didn't think anything else of it.

A few days later, around six oclock or so while my son and I were having dinner the doorbell rang. It was the mother and father of my daughters best friend. The mother was a teacher at the school that my son attended and the father is a pastor at a charismatic church. They had a HUGE box of food. We are talking like over a weeks worth of food. Apparently the teacher had asked at school if there were any families that didn't have money for Thanksgiving dinner. My son raised his hand and told them that we didn't because we had spent it on the locksmith. When I told him that the 35 dollars I had was all that was in my wallet he thought that I had NO other money. After trying to get them to take the food back and trying to explain that there had been a misunderstanding and after alot of embarassment they persuaded me to keep the box of food. Just to name a few items that were in the box was a turkey, boxed stuffing, bottled juice, rice, canned goods, beans and lots of other stuff. We always went to my folks house for Thanksgiving and Christmas so we didn't even cook. Our cupboards were overflowing after putting the groceries away. My son couldn't apologize enough, he really thought we had no money for anything.

In December I found out that a young girl that worked at one of my stores had been living in her car with her three year old as she could not afford to rent a place on her own only making minimum wage. To make a long story short I found someone at one of the stores who agreed to take them in as room mates. I would pick up my son everyday from school and take him back to the stores with me until I got off work. He overheard us talking about Christmas and how she did not have money for Christmas dinner or presents for her daughter. On the way home that evening he suggested that we use the money that we would have spent on each other for gifts to buy the young girl and her daughter presents. (I'd already thought of this but didn't quite know how to approach him about it) It ended up that we did exactly that and gave her all of the food that we'd recieved at Thanksgiving also. My son had such fun picking out gifts for the little girl and he ended up buying her a 3 foot stocking and stuffing it full of coloring books, socks, crayons and many other items. I've never seen anyone as grateful as the young girl was and my son and even myself learned a great lesson that year. As it turned out with the other gifts we received you really couldn't even tell that we did not buy each other anything. We recieved many gifts from everyone else.

My son still is a very generous and loving person. I'm very proud of him.

I did learn one other lesson....to watch what I say around kids!

13 Responses to “One Of The Best Christmases Ever”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Your son is a generous and caring person because he had the best role model ever, his MOM! Heartwarming, thanks for posting. ((HUGS))

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That is a great story! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    That is a wonderful story!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    What a sweet story.

  5. Amber Says:

    Awe what a touching story, thanks for sharing. This is what Christmas is all about Smile

  6. Petunia 100 Says:

    Your son is a beautiful person! Thanks for sharing this story. It reminded me a lot of something my daughter did once, I will post that on my blog.

  7. littlegopher Says:

    Love it - the true meaning of Christmas!

  8. My English Castle Says:

    What a nice story---

  9. CB in the City Says:

    What a wonderful story.

  10. M E 2 Says:



    That is an awsome story. And what Christmas SHOULD be about. You have every right to be proud of your son.

  11. PNW Mom Says:

    What a heartwarming story! Thanks for sharing!

  12. ccraw Says:

    Thanks everyone, I think he's pretty special!

  13. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    What a kind family you are!

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