A Miracle Under the Christmas Tree: Real Stories of Hope, Faith and the True Gifts of the Season
Jennifer Basye Sander
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There's something truly magical about Christmas. Filled with remarkable true stories of the kindness of strangers and the blessings of answered prayers, this collection with its small miracles truly captures the spirit of the season.
These stories of hope, faith and joy are a moving tribute to the true meaning of Christmas and remind us all that the greatest gifts in life can't be gift wrapped.
bedside table. Tara’s father excused himself while Cheryl made herself at home in a rocking chair and began to chatter. Tara’s eyes implored me as her belly began to tighten again. As this contraction gathered strength, it alarmed her. Her eyes grew wide, and she let out a moan before it was over. Her eyes begged me. “Mom, I don’t want everybody seeing me in pain,” she whispered. “Please tell Cheryl to go.” I did. Then she turned to her friend. “I’m sorry, Rochelle. I only want my mom here now.”
This was our first year hosting Christmas, and I had this idea that it should be picture-perfect, complete with handmade decorations and a big holiday feast. My attempt at personalized Christmas stockings had resulted in a glitter paint disaster, and I’d run out of time to do anything else crafty. The living room furniture had been awkwardly rearranged to accommodate our hand-me-down artificial tree, decorated with unbreakable ornaments near the bottom. Picture-perfect it was not. After more
next morning after breakfast, we said farewell to my mother and our cross-country adventure began. For our trip, we had purchased a brand-new 1962 Nash Rambler station wagon. We had carefully planned our trip to be a relaxed drive on Highway 80, approximately 3,200 miles. The plan was to drive six hours each day, not including whatever stops we made. While we drove east, our furniture and other items, including our daughter’s Christmas gifts, were being transported by a moving van. We knew we
carefully fill in the same pictures she’d done the day before. Over the following days, we stopped in many states, cities and villages, seeing many interesting places and sights. But in between our stops, we played games, like who could recognize the most license plates from different states or the alphabet game, where you find letters on signs along the road. To keep Jeanette in the proper holiday frame of mind, we sang whatever Christmas songs came to mind, such as “Away in a Manger” and
art. She is owner of TLC Publishing, an imprint of The Lundquist Company, her event firm. She writes articles for event industry publications and is author of Results-Driven Event Planning: Using Marketing Tools to Boost Your Bottom Line. She travels on a whim and is an accomplished photojournalist. See www.TheBookInHandRoadshow.com and www.FiveWeeksInFlorence.com and www.ingridlundquist.com. R. BOB MAGART R. Bob Magart is a freelance writer, a former businessman and a father of five. He makes