December 22, 2012

 

Christmas miracles!  I've been saving my special Christmas miracle for today's post that links to Mockingbird Hill Cottage's A Favorite Thing-The Holiday Edition, because truly, this is my favorite story about a BIG PRAYER and a little girl.

 

The Christmas my daughter was four, she had mentioned several things she hoped Santa might have tucked away in his sleigh, but she also kept hinting that there was one special gift she had secretly wished for but was keeping that wish to herself, much like little Susan in Miracle on 34th Street.  Since she had three older brothers, we were working very hard to keep the magic of the Santa story alive and she wanted desperately to still believe in Christmas magic.  As all moms would do in a situation like this, I called on my friend Rita to see if she could get to the bottom of this special request to Santa. During a Christmas concert she leaned over and promised my daughter her secret would be safe with her, so we eventually found out that the desire of my little girl's heart and the gift that would prove Santa's existence was.....a Little Mermaid giga pet.  Problem solved--order one from the Disney Store and Christmas would be saved!

Except that (you know the rest of this story, right?) the Little Mermaid giga pet was sold out.  Completely.  Back ordered until May.  Maybe later.  I called on friends and cousins who lived in larger communities to scour the shelves of their Disney stores.  No luck.  Cue to Christmas Eve afternoon and I'm in the kitchen baking pumpkin pies and feeling that awful feeling that a mother has when she knows she can't deliver Santa magic.  My oldest son wandered in, and always empathetic, picked up on my dismay.  I shared with him the whole sad saga of the back-ordered giga pet that would prove to my little girl that Santa magic didn't really exist.  He listened carefully, and then put his hands in mine and earnestly asked if I wanted him to go upstairs to his bedroom and pray his BIG PRAYER.  I didn't even know he had a big prayer, but I thanked him and off he went.  Then, of course, I began to feel even worse, because now in addition to my little girl feeling let down by Santa, my son would feel let down by God!

A few minutes later, down he came, happily assuring me he had prayed and I should stop worrying.  Oh ye of little faith, right?  I simply could not have felt worse, and then, fifteen minutes later, the doorbell rang.  On our snowy steps stood the UPS deliveryman with a package.  From the Disney Store.  With a Little Mermaid giga pet.  I think I glimpsed angel wings on his back as he turned towards his truck.  To this day I have no answers for this, my very own Christmas miracle.  All I know is that I do believe in Christmas magic and Christmas miracles.  And I believe in the power of a little boy's love for his sister and his steadfast belief in the power of prayer.  God bless us, every one.


You can link to Claudia's Favorite Things-The Holiday Edition here:  http://mockingbirdhillcottage.com/
Please join me at her blog for more heartwarming Christmas stories!
 

7 comments:

  1. oh my goodness WHAT a story! tearing up here! Thank you for a wonderful Christmas tale...

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  2. I love that story...just beautiful! By the way, I "found" you through your link on Claudia's page. I hope you will come over to my blog and visit me as well! :-)

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  3. What a beautiful storry. The best part that your son cared so much for his sister that he prayed for her belief in holiday magic and Santa be restored.

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  4. Such a great story! I never thought I would have tears in my eyes over a Giga pet!

    Miracles are real.

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  5. Oh! I love this post, made me smile and cry, so very precious.

    I was so sorry and saddened to read about the tragic loss of your beloved uncle. Your tribute to him was so very lovely and dear. Sending you lots and lots of hugs at this sad time and wishes for comfort.

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  6. You express a mother's thoughts so nicely.
    Share this story with your daughter in years to come!

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  7. I'm crying. This is such a beautiful story, my friend. There ARE Christmas miracles. And it's rather wonderful that you have no explanation of how it occurred. Perfect, in fact!

    Christmas blessings to you and yours - Merry Christmas!

    xo
    Claudia

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