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Monday, December 24, 2012

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Merry Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is ready for tomorrow. Once more, welcome to A Writer’s Mind’s, WHAT EVERY WOMAN WANTS BENEATH HER CHRISTMAS TREE BLOG EVENT.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over my fabulous editor, Cathy McElhaney, to share a lovely holiday story with us. When Cathy agreed to contribute to this event I was amazed and humbled. Thank you so very much, Cathy.

Cathy is graciously giving away a Christmas Dream Catcher Ornament to one lucky commenter!

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Dad’s Christmas Story

When my dad was a child during the depression money was tight. He was 6 or 7 years old and his mother told him that Santa would have to skip them that year. There were too many children and he just couldn’t get to everyone, so they would be skipped. My dad was a very bright little boy and knew then the truth about Santa Clause. He knew they were poor.

Christmas Eve of that year was depressing and the kids went to bed knowing that the next day was going to be Christmas, with no presents. When my grandmother woke them up, they were slow to get dressed and head downstairs to breakfast.

As they descended the stairs to the scent of roasting turkey, my dad wondered what was going on. Upon entering the living room they were greeted by a fully decorated tree, presents galore and an electric train running underneath! That was unheard of in the late 30’s…only the wealthy people had them. There was the turkey and all the trimmings for a grand Christmas dinner and there was no way you could have convinced my dad that there was no Santa Clause!

My dad told us that story often and when we were old enough, he told us the rest of the story. His Godmother worked for Cornelius D. Scully, the Mayor of Pittsburgh. She was at the company Christmas party and was sad because her Godson and his family were not going to have a Christmas that year. The mayor asked why she was so sad and she told him. He went into action and supplied the family with everything they needed for the best Christmas they ever had. One that has had lasting effects on generations!

We try to help one needy family every year because I too, had to tell my children that Santa might not show up and it wasn’t because they were bad. The ‘hero’ in my story was my step dad who gave me $100 to buy gifts for my kids, waiting until Christmas Eve yielded us a free tree and of course the family dinners provided the food. I have believed in ‘paying it forward’ since long before it became popular, and that is what I have always asked of the people we have helped…to pay it forward.

Another thing I started with my kids that my son and daughter in law have continued is the 3 gifts. Baby Jesus got 3 gifts and so what makes my kids more special? It keeps the material part to a minimum and brings back the ‘Reason for the Season’!

Merry Christmas!

Sky here. What a wonderful holiday memory, Cathy! It truly warmed my heart. And what a fantastic holiday tradition you started with your children. It's always important to remember the true reason for Christmas. Thank you so much for joining me this holiday. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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DVArtist said...

Happy Christmas to you and your family

bn100 said...

Happy holidays! Thanks for sharing.


Alisha said...

Oh how I cried when I read this beautiful story, Cathy! What a wonderful story!!!

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas! And I have to say, you are the best editor I've ever had! Hugs and love! xoxoxo