• Jacqueline Gum

    Such a heart warming story! And I love the drawings too. I think most of us have warm memories of gifts and the feelings surrounding Christmas. Thanks for sharing yours. It’s a lovely way to start the season

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Jacqueline, and yes, love those drawings, too. I’m happy you enjoyed it and helps to kick off the season. Those feelings and warm memories bring the magic of Christmas alive as our attention draws more to one another in love.

      Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

  • Beautiful story Pat. I was reminiscing in my mind when reading it. You hit it right: it’s about the feelings, the mostly good feelings around Christmas. I love knowing that I have a lot of my fondest memories tied up in the time of year when we celebrate Christ’s birthday. I think whether you are a believer or not, you likely want to thank God, in part for this, and of course Santa in part, for making it a time to celebrate love. Thanks so much.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Patricia. I agree in good feelings surrounding Christmas. Most importantly, thanking God for the greatest gift of all — birth of Christ and His gift in giving us life. It’s when it all seems to become real for us through love no matter how we choose to honor that.

  • Niekka McDonald

    Very nice story. This brings back a lot of good Christmas memories I have as a kid.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Niekka. I’m glad you enjoyed it and helped you remember some Christmas memories of your own. Wishing you and yours a happy month and Merry Christmas. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    Thank you, Susan, for sharing my Christmas story and hope your readers enjoy it. I love your drawings. They add so much to it.

    I’ve enjoyed contributing these past months and getting to meet your followers. I want you to know how much of an honor it has been to come over here and be your guest every month.

    It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this and it truly means a lot to be trusted with that privilege. Thank you, again, my friend. 🙂

  • Pat is amazing isn’t she I liked this post as I told Pat for me the greatest gift of all is life and family

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Jo-Anne. I’m glad you enjoyed it and it’s so true what could be greater than the gifts of life and family. 🙂

  • TheEcoGrandma

    Oh, Pat, what wonderful memories. Your story is lovely I can feel the excitement you had as a child while reading. You are quite the storyteller. 🙂

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Lois. You made my day about what you said. It’s exactly what I was trying to convey in the writing of it but even better that you felt the childlike excitement as you read it. That means a lot to me.

  • Hi Pat

    This is a wonderful story and it’s full of great memories. Thank you for reminding of the excitement of Christmas. You really are a wonderful Storyteller.

    • Pat Ruppel

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Awazie, and that it reminds you of the wonder and excitement of Christmas. Seems more simple to feel and see it through the eyes of a child.

      Thank you for your kind words. Hope this Christmas season will bring you only blessings of joy and happiness beyond your wildest dreams.

  • Eve Koivula

    Beautiful story! Thank you! – And I totally love the Santa with a sleigh image!

    • Pat Ruppel

      Aw, thank you Eve. I’m happy you enjoyed it and could picture Santa and his sleigh. The image is still there in my mind when I think about it.

      Wishing you and yours a blessed and happy Christmas this year. 🙂

  • Hi Pat

    Very impacting narration you made in the whole story and never let the interests of readers go down.

    It sent me to my childhood when before one day of my religious festival I was just complaining to nature why time is not running fast to bring the next day.

    Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful memories

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Muba — I’m glad you enjoyed it and it held your interest to the end. More importantly, I like how it reminded you of your own childhood memories of a religious festival. I hope it turned out well for you as you remembered.

      You’re welcome in the sharing and thank you for taking the time to read and join me in this journey down memory lane. Many blessings to you and yours in the years and months to come.

  • Beautiful story. I agree it is the people and feelings around us that create the magic of this time of year. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and gifts weren’t lavish, but I don’t recall ever feeling deprived. A special gift I remember is a walking doll. Both my sister and I got one. What made it so special was that it was wearing a dress my mother had made out of the same plaid material she’d used for my Christmas skirt.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Donna — thank you for stopping over here on Susan’s site and reading my little story. We were like your family growing up with not a lot of money and I like what you said about people and feelings in that you never felt deprived.

      What makes the gifts special is the love that goes into it. I could just picture your mother sewing your plaid Christmas skirt and matching dress for your doll. It’s the little things that mean so much that we remember and last for a lifetime.

      Hoping this Christmas will be just as special for you this year as it was so many years ago. 🙂

  • Very beautiful story. You are right that its the people that make our life special. This story remind me of a video on social media in which an aviation company fulfill the wishes of the passengers on special day.
    It is nice that we all have differences but the source of celebrations throughout the world is same that sprang from love that descended years ago from God in our hearts.
    I wish that we have festivity and joy all through the year and kids and adult get what they long for. We have peace and joy in our world.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Andleeb — thank you for reading and I’m glad it reminded you of the aviation company video granting passengers’ wishes.

      I think no matter the event or holiday celebration we can all share the connection and be touched in our hearts when we reach out to one another in kindness.

      It’s so true that we have our differences but the one common thread that weaves through all of us is love. I join you in wishing we all have peace and joy throughout the world . . . now and forever more.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. It’s that time of year and I never get tired of hearing stories like these. Your story takes me back to my own memories, a little walk down memory lane.

    • Pat Ruppel

      You’re welcome, Cheryl, and I’m happy you enjoyed it and that it brought back some happy memories of your own. It truly is a magical time of the year. Thank you for reading and wishing you Christmas joy and happiness the whole month through. 🙂

  • I love Christmas, although I know some people get very depressed at the holidays. I’m lucky because I have a large, extended family. For years, when my brother lived on Long Island, his home was the focal point. First, I shared the holidays with his young children. Then they grew up and had children. The house became more and more crowded as we all gathered around the tree tearing open presents and sharing in the joy of the moment. Alas, lives change and people move away, so the holiday gathering is smaller now but just as joyous. I’m truly blessed because I’ve been part of it for so many years.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Me too, Jeannette. I love all the things you mentioned that comes out at Christmastime — a house full of family gathered around the tree opening presents, seeing the looks on their faces and hearing their laughter. You’re truly blessed to have had that in your family.

      It’s not perfect, but in the spirit of love we all seem to be willing to give of ourselves more. Thank you for sharing and wishing you and yours a blessed and happy Christmas.

  • Sherri Matthews

    A truly, beautiful and heart warming Christmas post Pat, reminding us of the real reason for the season, the birth of Christ and all that He has given us, especially at these troubled times. Spending time with loved ones, keeping the magic alive and not forgetting what is most important, your post has it all. It reminds me of when, as a girl, I would look out of my bedroom window on Christmas Eve as the moon light sparkled on the snow below and I was sure that I could see Father Christmas, as we called him, waving to me from his sleigh as he crossed the sky led by his reindeer. Your memory of waiting for Santa and sitting on his lap and coming away with your toys is delightful…and just shows that it’s not the toys that we remember but the excitement, the love and yes, the magic of Christmas. May your Christmas be filled with all these things. Peace, joy and blessings to you and your family my friend, God bless you 🙂

    • Pat Ruppel

      Beautiful, Sherri. I enjoyed how you shared the true meaning of Christmas and your childhood memories. It’s a magical time of the year where I feel we all come together in some way across this world.

      I can picture, as you put it, Father Christmas looking back at you at your bedroom window and waving. I don’t think in remembering we ever lose that magic even after we grow up.

      Maybe, in these troubled times, if we look close enough, we’ll still see him standing there looking back at us — waving — hoping we’ll choose to give more gifts of love and peace. God bless you and yours and wishing you have a blessed Christmas. 🙂

  • Enjoyed your heart warming story and I love Jimmy Buffet so that was great ending to the post. Susan, I love the image of the snowman and Santa. It so good that you should market it. Have you thought about selling to Getty Images? The images just worked in with Pat’s story and they are also good to stand alone.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Arleen. I’m glad you enjoyed it and Jimmy Buffett, too. He’s one of my favorites. I’m with you on the images Susan creates. They work so beautifully with the stories. She’s a very talented lady.

  • Jon Jefferson

    This is the time of year where we begin juggling who we will see and when and how we will fit it all into our own time together. Seems crazy when you think about how much the families grow and then finding time to come together again and fit all of us into a single home even for a day or two.

    Our Christmases have gotten less complicated too when it comes to food and such. We find more and more that just simple foods are the most important to make the get togethers so much easier.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Jon — it does seem crazy this time of year. I don’t know how we fit it all in but somehow it all comes together in the end, like you said.

      It’s less complicated for us, too, and we’re not as caught up in the frenzy as when our children were small. Now, we get to watch them juggle it with their children and we try to make it as simple as we can with no fuss.

      Thank you for reading and hope you and yours have a blessed and Happy Christmas and New Years.