1. This was a beautiful story which really highlights what’s important to us at this time of year. Family! My father is failing fast, he also has Parkinson’s Disease and I’m worri d about how many Christmases he will have. I can understand your thoughts going to this particular Christmas every year – all the best to you.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Debbie. I’m sorry about your Dad with Parkinson’s. All I can say is being there for him is the greatest gift. Happy Holidays!

  2. I love this! I had a memorable Christmas also in the 70’s – 1976, I was 8. I lived with my mother and twin brother. My parents were divorced and money was scarce. One night we came home to a hefty bag full of toys and treats. A Secret Santa visited us. We got games – I remember Candy Land in particular and Marshmallow Fluff. This bag was filled with the stuff of childhood dreams 70’s style. I have never forgotten that kind generous anonymous act and I make a point to pay it forward every year. Thanks for your lovely story and the reminder of what matters most. Deepest condolences on the loss of your father.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bryce, Such an amazing story. What a kind, wonderful person to think of you and your family at Christmas. Its easy to get jaded in this world, but then you hear this.

    • Laurie Stone

      Laura Lee, Thanks so much. You’re right about the unpredictable things that can have the greatest impact. Have a wonderful Christmas…

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, I live in CT and it occurred to me how we’ve never have been snowed out of a Christmas… knock on wood! Amazing.

  3. This is a wonderful narrative of courage, determination, hope, positivity. Yes, we have to remember all the sacrifices made by our parents to see us stand where we are today……thanks for sharing this Laurie…:)

  4. Oh, applause applause for men with chainsaws:). And plumbers’ tools, electricians’ accoutrements–the whole bit. I often call them our unsung heroes–they always seem to be getting us out of jams!

    • Laurie Stone

      Kristine, I never thought I’d rejoice at that sound, but I did. Many times those men are life’s unsung heroes.

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