My Favorite Christmas Story


Christmas is a time of miracles. Believing. and Faith.  I want to share with you one of my favorite Christmas stories….and if it wouldn’t have happened to me, I am not sure I’d believe it either.


Quite a few years ago, I went on the first ever “Clothe the Children” Charity Shop with my husband’s service club. The idea was that 100 children from families in need would be matched up to 100 volunteers, and taken on a $100. shopping spree to our local Mervyn’s store. The store would open early only for all of us, and the prices would be almost “at cost” so that the children could choose what they needed for the winter months.

I was matched up to a young girl of about 8, Anna, and the morning of our shopping adventure, she was clutching a list her mom had made for her. Items she desperately needed, such as new socks, a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes were on the list.

Once the store doors were flung open wide by the store’s employees (who volunteered this time at work, they weren’t paid!) Anna and I joined the 100 children and their “helpers” and rushed into the warm store.


I had Anna’s list, and was reading “jeans” and wanted to go straight there, but my little one set her eyes on a sparkling, red, fancy holiday dress. Oh! I could see it in her eyes, THIS is what she really wanted to buy. Not underwear, socks, a pair of jeans and sweatshirt. I tried to steer her away, saying her mama had made a list, and that’s what we needed to look for, as there was only so much time before we had to leave.

So she trailed behind me, casting wistful eyes on that red, totally-impractical red party holiday dress.

We choose all the things on her shopping list quickly, and were the first ones to arrive at the dressing rooms. There, a salesgirl let us in, but said she had to turn on all the lights first, since it was still dark in there. She turned on the lights in the dressing room one by one, and the three of us went to the back and chose a little dressing room.


The salesgirl opened the door to the little cubicle, and can you guess?? I couldn’t believe it, but that sparkling, red holiday dress was hanging in that room! Honest. The salesgirl was so perplexed, as all the rooms had been cleared the night before. And I? I got tears in my eyes. I know, silly me. But really? THE DRESS!

{By then, I had already decided to buy Anna that dress, no matter what, and have it brought to her school later. We weren’t allowed to spend more than the allotment, since that wouldn’t be fair for the other children.}


I told my little Anna that Christmas is a time for miracles. And that God knew how much she wanted that dress, and He loved her so very much. And that this was a little Christmas miracle.

Oh, I know, it’s not the huge kind of miracle of saving lives and making a path in the ocean waters. But still. It was a miracle for little Anna. And it was a miracle for me….it showed me once again that God so loves each one of us, that He cares about the desires of our heart.



Of course, as you can guess, the dress FIT HER. When we reached the cashier, our purchases, everything on Anna’s list, AND the dress, came to a total of 99.98!  I got so much more out of volunteering to help a little girl shop for clothes. So. Much. More.



I hope that you believe in the true magic of Christmas.

And wish you the most beautiful, memorable holidays spent with everyone you love gathered around your table.




 I am so grateful for your friendship and cherish each one of your comments.


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25 thoughts on “My Favorite Christmas Story”

  1. Johanne Lamarche

    Quelle belle histoire émouvante Lidy. Merci de la partager. Joyeux Noël!

  2. Marry Christmas and a happy, healthy, blessed New Year. I love every post and look forward to each and every one. I to believe in miracles as have had many of my own. We are so blessed to be loved by the Savior so much.

  3. What a beautiful story and what a wonderful thing to do. I would get so much pleasure out of helping someone like this, how lucky those children were to have you and your friends. Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas. xxx

  4. Peggy cooper

    I do believe in miracles, and that there are angels among us. I believe you may be one ?

  5. Merry Christmas Lidy!

    This Christmas miracle story is so beautiful! God does love us, and does know our hearts. Thank you for sharing this true story of Christmas, and the blessings that come to us. Absolutely going to share this one with my readers!
    XO Merry Christmas!

  6. Sheila in SF

    What a lovely story… Merry Christmas. Giving is so rewarding.

  7. What a moving experience this must have been for you, and I do believe in angels! Thank you for sharing it this holiday season.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend!


  8. Dorothy Sadler Hemphill

    Oh my, love your story – that is God. Who but God! God loving and reaching out through you. I believe that with all of my heart. Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas with God’s richest blessings

  9. What a beautiful story. Miracles do happen at Christmas. Thank you for sharing that touching story. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2017.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  10. Barbara E. Bell-Huther

    Merry Christmas to you and a blessed New Year!

    You have been an inspiration and although I cannot
    ever hope to have the ideal French Country home, I
    delight in coming back to my home in middle Georgia
    after each trip away.

  11. Michelle Milliken

    Your Christmas story came just in time – God’s perfect timing. I needed to be reassured that God truly does give us the desires of our heart and hasn’t forgotten me. Thank you.

    1. Michelle, God does have perfect timing. Not always OUR timing, which is difficult, at times. He hasn’t forgotten you, and He never will. xo

  12. Elaine Hodge

    Such a heart-warming story with tears coming to my eyes. God’s love does move in mysterious ways if only we believe and have eyes that see the beauty unfolding all around us…as in a little red dress. Thank you, Lidy.

  13. What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing! I do believe in miracles!!!
    A friend shared this verse with me… and I would love to share it with you.
    Luke 1:45. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His
    Promises to her. Still believing for my miracle!!!
    Love you Lidy!
    Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you for sharing that verse, Carol Anne! Wishing you a blessed 2017, and you keep praying, girl….God is faithful. xo

  14. I am late leaving a comment but just had to say that this was the best Christmas story! I believe in miracles because I have a few miracles in my life. Thank you for sharing Gods love. Jesus is our miracle!

  15. Lidy, what a beautiful memory and touching story. We are never more the hands and feet of our Lord than when serving others this way. You made that child’s ability to see His care for her easier by allowing her to see He cares for even the wants and not just the needs. I pray that she has continued to believe in His love for her through the years. Merry Christmas and blessed 2017!


  16. What a most beautiful story Lidy….yes, there is truly magic in Christmas….magicles I call it…magic and miracles all in one….How wonderful that you got to experience the look of sheer joy in a child’s face. I am sure that Anna will never forget that Christmas!

  17. noreen

    What a beautiful story Lidy, yes the real Christmas story is the greatest one of all! Have a blessed 2017!

  18. I can’t imagine, Lidy – I got teary eyed just reading your post! What a beautiful story and a forever memory for you both! Wishing you all the best in the new year!

  19. Okay, now I’m crying… What a beautiful story! I’m glad that dress was there for her… and you. <3
    On another note, these photos are lovely! I had fun pinning them; I wonder how you can part with any of your finds! These sheep and the Baby Jesus are beautiful. Saved to my Holidays…

    Joyeaux Noel et une Bonne Annee!

    1. Thank you Barbara! The most amazing part of this story is that God used this to bless me WAY more than He did little Anna!

  20. Thank you all, friends, for your heartfelt comments on my Christmas story that really happened. I am so blessed by all of you.

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