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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Miss Christmas



In some of my previous posts, I explained that we didn’t have a lot growing up. We were a one income family with ten mouths to feed. We had a roof, we had clothes though probably not the trendiest, we had food to eat though probably not in great abundance, and we had a place to sleep. All in all, I was happy and I love my family.

Christmas and birthdays were happy. We had presents to open, though probably not many. We had the tree and tinsel, lights and ornaments. We’d all line up on the stairs in age order waiting to attack what was under the tree.

As I got older, my wants and needs changed and are still changing.

My daughters, Hannah and Emily, complain that I don’t give them many options. I mean, I’m good with a book or two, a CD or two, and a movie or two. Nothing much.

Honestly, I’d rather Kim and the girls get what they want. I’m good with that.

If I could bottle up happiness, health, and financial stability, that would be even better. Mostly for Kim and the girls. I want them happy and I want them healthy and I want them to be financially stable. I want Hannah and Em to have close, meaningful friendships and to be able to navigate this world and life in a positive, purposeful and meaningful way.

So, how do you wrap that in a box?

Can’t.

I came across a beautiful story about a parent’s gift to her five year old son, and this little guy had his wish fulfilled. Something all parents hope for, right?

Eric Schmitt-Matzen, with a classic long white beard and curled mustache, plays Saint Nick in Knoxville, Tennessee. He’s done it for years, but this year, a couple of months ago, it was special. Perhaps his best and most memorable performance. A nurse at a local hospital called him and said she had a very sick child who wanted to see Santa.

It’s worth the three or so minutes it will take you to watch, and you can find it here:

Here’s Mr. Schmitt-Matzen’s account:

The boy's mother gave him a gift to give the boy, "something he was always wanting," he said, toys from the children's animated series PAW Patrol.

"What's this I hear you're going to be missing Christmas this year?" Schmitt-Matzen said he asked the boy.

That's when the boy told him he heard he was going to die.

"Well, you're not going to miss Christmas, the elves already had your present, we knew you wanted this for a long time," he said he told the boy.

"Really?" the boy asked, according to Schmitt-Matzen.

He then gave the boy his gift "and that put a grin on his face," he said.

Schmitt-Matzen choked up as he told WBIR that he told the boy "When you get up those pearly gates, you just tell them you're Santa's number one elf."

"I am?" the boy asked, perking up, according to Schmitt-Matzen.

"You sure are, I'm sure they'll let you right in," he said.

The boy then gave him a big hug, he said, and "he just looked at me and said, Santa, can you help me?"

"And that's when he passed," Schmitt-Matzen said.

One present and a wish . . . to not Miss Christmas!

A little five year old boy about to die afraid he’d miss Christmas. A nurse determined to not let this happen. A mom with a present. And one good-hearted and kind man playing the part of Santa.

Puts some things in priority, doesn’t it? Kind of helps us make sense out of the sometimes crazy and chaotic world we live in. Kinda makes our own Christmas lists pale in comparison, right? Hopefully, something to think about . . .

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