A Christmas Memory

I was just asked about my most memorable Christmas, so I thought I’d share this with those who read my blog:

Every year we spent Christmas eve with my parents. We would attend a huge family get-together, then go to church, followed by another big meal on Christmas Day. One year my husband insisted we do something “fun”, so we booked a mini-vacation in Vermont. I was enjoying skiing on the wooded trails of Killington, but also missing both my mom and worship on the holiest night of the year. Since I’m not very fast at anything in life, everyone else had skied ahead and left me. Slow-poke-me rounded a turn in the trail and spotted something wonderful. Someone had set up a small manger scene under a pine tree, complete with stable, shepherds and angels. Votive candles lit the blessed scene which warmed my heart and soul. Turns out, everyone else had skied on past without noticing. But I saw Jesus in the manger, reminding me that my family was with me in my heart. And that God was always around the next bend in the road for every Christian.

Merry Christmas and may God bless you richly in 2011.

Mary Ellis

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3 thoughts on “A Christmas Memory

  1. I KNOW HOW YOU ARE FEELING THE INFANT TEACHER WHERE I WORK IS GOING TO BE JUST WITH HER IMEDIATE FAMILY THIS YEAR ALSO AND IT IS GOING TO BE HARD ON HER I KNOW, JUST HER DAUGHTER AND HUBBY. I HAVE BEEN ALONE ALSO THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, KIDS ARE OUT ON THEIR OWN. BUT I UNDERSTAND BUT IT IS STILL A LITTLE BIT UNHAPPY WHEN YOU SPEND SUCH DAYS ALONE. BUT THEN I THINK OUT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT DON’T EVEN HAVE PLACE TO LIVE. SO THEY ARE THE ONES THAT NEED OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Mary!
    That is such a sweet story! This will be my frist Christmas with out any of my family around ( out side of hubby and kids) so I understand how you are feeling. Your story is just the reminder that I needed. Thank you.
    How is everything else in life going?
    May your 2011 be a blessed one!
    ~Erica

  3. THANKING YOU SO MUCH WITH SHARING THIS WITHE EVERYONE. I AM ALWAYS TELLING EVERYONE THAT NO WERE YOU ARE GOD IS THERE AND IN YOUR MIND AND HEART THE ONES THAT YOU LOVE EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT RIGHT WITH YOU.
    YOUR BOOKS ALWAYS LET US KNOW THAT ALSO, THANK YOU FOR SUCH DOWN TO LIFE BOOKS. KEEP THEM COMING.
    I SEE A BOOK THAT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT TILL RIGHT NOW GOING TO FIND IT WHEN I GET DONE HERE THE OTHERS I HAVE READ.

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