I want to share a story that illustrates the wonder of the Christmas story.    I was about six and my older sister Becky was about eight, my father told us to “get dressed” we were going to the store.  Our first thought was wow Dad is taking us to the store; this is going to be special.  Off we went.  Our first stop was the local hardware store.  Dad announced that we should look for items that kids between five and ten would like to receive.  We started to go to work and picked out a few gifts.  Dad paid for them and had the cashier wrap them up.  Becky and I just looked at each the, “What is going on here?  Are those for us?”   The next stop was the grocery store.  Into the basket went a turkey, potatoes, milk, candy and a few more items to make a great Christmas dinner.  We were excited.  Dad started to drive out to the country side, singing carols as we went.  We turned into a long driveway and I wondered what we were doing.  At the end of the driveway, Dad simple asked us to grab the presents.  We walked into the farm house.  I don’t know if this is true, but I remember it had dirt floors, or maybe they were just dirty.  Dad yelled out the woman’s name as we set the packages on the table. The woman walked into the kitchen and started to cry.  She gave my dad a big hug as tears rolled down her cheeks.  Dad looked at her and said, “Santa left these things at our house by mistake, but they had your name on them.”  We then turned to leave and my father said, “Merry Christmas” and winked at the lady as she started to look at what was in the bags.  Getting back in the car, we were silent for a moment and then drove home once again singing Christmas carols. 

This experience affected me deeply and molded who I wanted to be.  What are the experiences in your life that helped mold you?  Who are the people in your life that had a hand in that molding?  Who do you want to be?
Katie Grimm
12/17/2009 11:19:47 am

This is an amazing story. It just shows me how amazing my family is and always has been!

12/19/2009 12:15:05 am

Yep. That's Uncle Chuck! What an inspirational step in your being prepared for what you are doing now.

1/4/2010 10:23:22 pm

Wow, truley inspirational. These are the types of stories that demonstrate the goodness in humans. Will your coaching methods help me align my life around solid values?


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