Rich Memories with a Christmas Spirit

I was age I had a difficult time accepting Art as my dad. In October , David was born to them but had a congenital problem and remained hospitalized until his death six weeks later. During that difficult time, I helped out a lot at home.

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Art and I became close. The first days of December, we went Christmas shopping. I was in search of personalized coffee mugs. Art bought me a dress that I was wishing for but that my mom said cost too much for what we had at the time, but Art insisted and felt that I had earned a special gift. Baby David was buried Dec. I opened my surprise gift the next day. Mom told me Art said I deserved a special gift this year.

I wore that beautiful Christmas dress to his funeral. But I have no doubt he saw it from heaven and knew what was in my heart when my mother opened it Christmas Eve. My gift of acceptance. It is better to give When one of the children, a little girl of our staff, received a bike for Christmas, she was delighted.

Rich Memories with a Christmas Spirit

Rich Memories with a Christmas Spirit - Kindle edition by Bob Olson, Roberta Gregory. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Cover art by Carl Sloan. There is a lot of love, and humor in Bob's stories. A fine read, indeed. For in these stories one can't help but be reminded of one's.

Also it happened that all the children on their street also received a Christmas bike, except one little girl. Full of happiness, the gift-giver went home and said to her daddy. So we can go and buy another one tomorrow. Seeing Santa through a keyhole My parents had this unique way of proving that Santa Claus was responsible for placing our gifts under the tree each Christmas Eve. Once dinner dishes had been put away and darkness crept over the land, my brothers and I were restricted behind the closed door that led into our kitchen, which was on a direct line with the living room.

Being the oldest, my job was to make certain that no one, including myself, peeked through the keyhole when Santa arrived. I was about 9 when I began to question my belief in Santa. To my utter astonishment, there he was, Santa himself, talking and laughing with my mother and dad. As my parents bid him goodbye, our world became deathly quiet for a moment. Finally, the kitchen door was opened and we charged out into the living room, except for me. My disbelief was delayed another two years! Delivering Christmas joy The misery and gloom of the Depression still hung heavily over the families who lived on the isolated North Dakota prairies.

In , heavy blankets of snow also covered the scattered little farms, obliterating most trails and roads. When storm after storm blocked any chance of getting to town, the implied message from Mom and Dad was: Christmas Day proved too cold to be able to go to Mass several miles away by sleigh. No mention of the lack of gifts was made. When the weather cleared a few days later, Dad had to make a trip by horse and sleigh to the nearest town to bring a load of coal to heat our home. As he unpacked his few purchases from the mercantile store, he proudly held up a small package for my brother and me!

In it were a small mirror and brush set and a tiny metal truck, the sight of which brought tears of pleasure to a couple of astonished children! We could again believe Christmas is about love and giving joy to others. Eighty years later, I am totally convinced that parents made the most harsh sacrifices to prove their love for their children at Christmas and all other times, as they still do.

A lesson of Christ on Christmas The snow flurries flew around as the wind continued to blow.

It was Christmas Eve, and our family was quickly heading down the sidewalk for the Midnight Mass. Well, everyone but Grandma Nellie. She was walking slowly behind everyone else, telling a story about Christmas celebrations in Italy when she was a child. Grandma had a story for almost everything. She was a fountain of tales, with a life application at the end! We continued, and soon the warmth of the church greeted us.

We made our way to the left side of the church Grandma insisted this was St. We could smell the incense as the organ began to swell, and we joined in the singing.

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As Father Dunne began the preface, a disheveled, dirty and maybe drunk man walked down the aisle. Every eye in the church was on him. At the first pew, he stopped and knelt; just knelt. Suddenly, some ushers picked him up. They carried him out of the church.

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On the way home, Grandma Nellie said very little. He comes as poor, ill or lonely. Stuck in port for Christmas When Typhoon Opal threatened Guam in December , the area commander ordered Navy ships to sea for evasion maneuvers. The USS Haverfield was being overhauled and had only one engine online.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Learn more about Amazon Prime. To soften unemployment and economic depression these stories recall love, happiness and community spirit during the Great Depression when hardship inspired an attitude of help thy neighbor and political dissention was less polarized. I learned something extra about living my life by reading about Bob Olson's life. He includes the mischievous meandering of his youth His challenging army life, meeting the love of his life, Seiko, in Japan, his Haitian episode, and close calls with fame, are all interwoven with his treasured memories of Christmas.

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